Men’s Basketball: Breaking down the trip to Disney World



Kyle Scudilla

Villanova didn’t reach it’s goal of winning the Old Spice Classic but saw some performances by its young roster that opened plenty of eyes. Here’s a look at how each of the tournament’s key players performed during the three-game swing in the Magical Kingdom’s neighborhood.

Scottie Reynolds

Reynolds didn’t have his A-game from the field but still scored enough to earn All-Tournament Team and Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week honors. Scottie shot just 37 percent (14-for-38) but led the Wildcats in points (17.7) and assists (4.0) per game. His clutch shooting in the second half of the George Mason game got the ‘Cats into the championship matchup.

Corey Fisher

The freshman finally got to show his stuff after playing just four minutes in front of Villanova’s home crowd becuase of his knee troubles. Now, ‘Nova Nation can’t wait to see him in person. Fisher scored 18 points in his first significant action of the season against UCF and then dropped 21 in the finale. His poise running the point was impressive, and he was given the reigns to run the offense in the late stages of the championship game. Fisher showed a great ability to get inside the paint and finish while drawing contact at the rim, while getting his teammates involved in the offense and committing just one turnover in the entire tourney.

Reggie Redding

The sophomore from Philly has been drawing rave reviews from the coaching staff regarding his perimeter defense of late, and he was relied upon in Florida to take on the tough assignments once again. Redding made smart plays on the defensive end while kicking up his offense a notch and delivering some clutch shots. Redding shot an efficient 11-for-16 from the field and recorded a career-high 14 points against UCF.

Casiem Drummond

Casiem grabbing 17 rebounds against NC State was one of the single-best performances of the entire tournament, and he continues to impress with his play inside the paint. His much-discussed offseason weight loss has also paid dividends, as Drummond has shown some nice low-post moves and athleticism on the defensive end.

Dante Cunningham

Despite battling foul trouble throught the tournament, Dante posted solid scoring and rebounding numbers, while continuing to make all his usual hustle plays. The junior averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest.

Dante Cunningham

Shane flashed his ability to be a perimeter scorer in the season’s first two games but has also displayed a great ability to rebound the ball inside the paint. His versatility led to a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds) against George Mason. He was unable to play in the second half against NC State, however, due to a strained quadraceps.

Malcolm Grant

With Fisher’s minutes going up, Grant saw a reduction in his playing time but single-handedly turned around ‘Nova’s fortunes against George Mason by sinking three 3s at the end of the first half.