Villanova Basketball returns a nice mix of returners and transfer portal acquisition as they look to fare a whole lot better in Year 2 under head coach Kyle Neptune. Neptune led the Wildcats to a 17-17 record overall and 10-10 in Big East action in what was an ultimate learning curve for him and his coaching staff in the first season.
Now, with a retooled roster, Villanova looks to return to the top of the conference once again and compete for an NCAA title in March. They return a solid trio of players in Eric Dixon, Justin Moore, and Mark Armstrong from last year’s squad, but they’ll need their new pieces to fill some of the voids from last year’s struggles.
Their three biggest acquisitions out of the transfer portal are Tyler Burton (Richmond), Hakim Hart (Maryland) and T.J. Bamba (Washington State). Hart is an electric wing player who can fly around the rim and make plays on both ends of the floor. While Burton should be quite the boost in the painted area alongside Dixon, Bamba should emerge in the backcourt for the Wildcats in a Sixth Man role this season.
The bench should be strong for them this season with Chris Acridiacono, Brendan Hausen, and Jordan Longino all back and ready to compete for minutes. With a much more well-rounded group in Year 2, Coach Neptune should see some success from this year’s squad. Take a look at the projected starting rotation and depth chart for the Villanova Wildcats.