Mouphtaou Yarou made his first seven shots and scored 18 points.
Villanova 67, Georgetown 57
Pinkston's 20 points paced Villanova victory
Senior has become a leader for a young group of Wildcats
Villanova 68, South Florida 40
Villanova lost to Louisville 74-55
Villanova vs. St. John's - AP Photos
Villanova vs. No. 23 Pittsburgh - AP Photos
Villanova vs. DePaul
Villanova vs. No. 3 Syracuse - 01/26/13
2012-13 Overview: Served primarily as an understudy to senior Mouphtaou Yarou ... Appeared in all 34 games, averaging 17.5 minutes per outing ... Pulled down 4.1 rebounds per outing and averaged 3.5 ppg ... Started all games in January and February.
2013 NCAA Tournament: Collected a pair of rebounds in 10 minutes of activity in a second round loss to North Carolina.
2013 BIG EAST Championship: Logged 20 minutes of a 66-53 win over St. John's on Mar. 13.
2012-13 BIG EAST Regular Season Highlights: His four free throws against Georgetown on March 6 were a season high ... Recorded a season-high three blocked shots on March 3 at Pittsburgh ... Chipped in with four points, three rebounds and two assists in a 60-56 win over No. 17 Marquette on Feb. 23 ... Collected a season-high 12 rebounds on Feb. 3 against Providence ... Added eight points and three rebounds at Providence on Jan. 19 ... Contributed eight rebounds in 23 minutes of a 58-43 loss to Pittsburgh on Jan. 16 ... Added four points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in a 72-61 loss at Syracuse on Jan. 12 ... Made a strong impact in his first career start on Jan. 9 at USF, scoring a season-high 12 points to go with eight rebounds ... Contributed six points, six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots to a 98-86 victory over St. John's on Jan. 2.
2012-13 Non-Conference Highlights: Collected 11 rebounds in 23 minutes of a 70-60 win over NJIT on Dec. 28 ... Notched 11 points to go with seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in 75-65 win over Delaware on Dec. 16 ... Connected on 5-of-6 field goal attempts ... His basket off of an offensive rebound with 1:08 to play helped VU rally to defeat Saint Joseph's 65-61 on Dec. 11 ... Also grabbed five rebounds against the Hawks ... Collected five rebounds and a blocked shot in a 68-55 win over Penn on Dec. 8 at the Palestra ... Added three points and four rebounds in a 62-52 win at Vanderbilt on Dec. 1 in Nashville ... Played 26 significant minutes in VU's pulsating 89-81 overtime victory over Purdue, contributing seven points and eight rebounds on Nov. 15 ... Added six points and two rebounds in 19 minutes against UDC on Nov. 9.
Played his prep basketball at the Westtown School before finishing up his studies at Downingtown East High School ... Ranked 54th on ESNPU's list of Top 100 players in the class of 2012 ... Averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior at the Westtown School ... Considered Georgetown, Temple, and Texas as well as VU ... Signed a national letter of intent to attend Villanova in November 2011 ... Parents are Hassan and Elizabeth Ochefu ... Also has two younger sisters and a brother, including Marie (15), Anthony (13) and Ashley (11)... Last name is pronounced Oh-chef-fu.
Jay Wright on Ochefu: "Daniel is a very well-rounded young man who is determined to excel in the classroom and on the basketball court. He has a knack for shot-blocking and rebounding that will be a great asset to our team and is a skilled offensive threat. His coach at Westtown, Seth Berger, prepared him well and our staff is looking forward to helping Daniel reach his potential."