Villanova got the job done on Friday night in the Big East opener, beating the Georgetown Hoyas by a final score of 76-63. After falling behind by 18 points in the first half, this team showed a lot of grit and produced a 31-point turnaround. Here are the Villanova player grades from Friday night’s game!
Collin Gillespie: A-
Collin Gillespie showed why he is the real leader of this Villanova team against Georgetown. When momentum shifted heavily in the Hoyas’ favor, Gillespie hit a big three at the end of the first half to help cut the deficit. With Jermaine Samuels struggling, Gillespie is going to have to be this team’s leader.
In total, Gillespie recorded 18 points and shot 5/7 from three to go along with 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Defensively, he did a much better job after struggling on that end of the floor against Texas. Hopefully, the senior will be able to carry that momentum forward in the future.
Caleb Daniels: A
Every time I get to watch Caleb Daniels, the more intrigued I am by him. I’m not sure what Villanova did to deserve him, but the Tulane transfer has exceeded all expectations. Daniels hit three huge second-half threes as part of an 18-point performance. Daniels does everything that is asked of him; he can play as a catch-and-shooter guy on the perimeter, but he can also create his own shot. He was easily the MVP of the game against Georgetown.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: C
While Jeremiah Robinson-Earl wasn’t awful, this was far from his best game. To his credit, JRE hit a pair of threes, including one in the second half with Villanova on a big run. However, he struggled on the defensive end as the Hoyas’ 6’11” center, Qudus Wahab, scored 12 points against him. From an NBA scout perspective, it’s clear that JRE struggles at guarding taller players and is more suited as a power forward.
Jermaine Samuels: D+
I hate saying this because Jermaine Samuels is a senior, but Cole Swider should be in the starting lineup. Samuels’ struggles continued against Georgetown and he clearly has no touch on his jump shot. He doesn’t know what he wants to do when he gets the ball and is shooting 14.3% (2/14) from three on the season. Defensively, Samuels always bring a ton of effort and hustle, but Swider has outplayed him by a lot.
Justin Moore: B-
Justin Moore didn’t do much to stand out in this game, but he quietly had a solid performance. While Moore only scored five points, he tracked down eight rebounds and dished out six assists. Defensively, Moore had a great night, and helped limit Donald Carey to six points on 2/6 from the field. The more I watch him, the more he reminds me of Josh Hart because of his two-way ability.
Cole Swider: B+
As I stated above, Cole Swider has earned the right to be a starter on this team. With Saddiq Bey gone, Swider has stepped up as the Wildcats’ most reliable three-point shooter. He’s 11/29 (37.9%) from deep in six games and hit a pair of big threes in this ballgame. Defensively, he still needs some work, but it’s nice to see the junior improve after struggling with inconsistencies last year.
Brandon Slater: B+
While he only recorded four points in this game, Brandon Slater produced the game’s turning point with a dunk over a Georgetown defender at the end of the first. In 17 minutes, Slater had a solid game on both ends of the floor.
Eric Dixon: C+
This game was uneventful for Eric Dixon, who logged eight minutes . All five of his points came from the free-throw line. However, he’s yet to connect on a three-ball this year as he’s 0/4 from deep this season.
Villanova will return to action on Friday in another Big East against Butler!
Come discuss this and much more at the Overtime Heroics forums!
Main Image Credit:
Embed from Getty Images