Senior earns Villanova Basketball Award for second consecutive year
Arcidiacono is tabbed Rookie of the Year while Pinkston is named to first team
Wildcat forward also adds four points in 15 minutes
Forward is one of 22 seniors who will play at the Georgia Dome
Villanova dug its way out of a 20-point first half hole
Villanova fell to North Carolina 78-71 in the NCAA Tournament second round.
Villanova lost to Louisville 74-55
Villanova vs. St. John's - AP Photos
Villanova defeated No. 5 Georgetown 67-57
Villanova vs. No. 23 Pittsburgh - AP Photos
A gifted forward with a throwback approach to the game ... Does his best work facing the basket offensively and cleaning the defensive glass ... Continues to learn the game after only taking it up as a teenager ... A dependable shooting touch from 16 feet and in.
2012-13 Overview: Played the best basketball season of his career over the season's final two months ... Averaged 16.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in VU's three postseason games ... Finished third in the BIG EAST regular season in rebounding (9.7 rpg) ... Selected to play in the the Reese's Division I All-Star game at the Georgia Dome following the season ... Started all 34 games and 9.9 ppg and 7.8 rpg ... One of only eight Wildcats to conclude his career with 1,000 or more points (1,068), 800 or more rebounds (836), and 100 or more blocked shots (101).
2013 NCAA Tournament: Capped his college career with a 17 point, eight rebound effort in 34 minutes of action against North Carolina.
2013 BIG EAST Championship: Recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds against Louisville in the quarterfinal on March 14 ... Converted 9-of-10 from the field en route to a game-high 18 points to go with seven rebounds in a 66-53 win over St. John's on Mar. 13.
2012-13 Regular Season Highlights: Averaged 10.4 ppg and 9.7 rpg in BIG EAST games ... Only the 10th player in program history to record 1,000 or more points (1,020) and 800 or more rebounds (810) ... His 12 rebounds led VU in a 67-57 win over Georgetown on Mar. 6 ... Posted double-double No. 7 of the season with 14 points and 15 rebounds at Seton Hall on Feb. 25 .. His final basket of the night, a clutch jumper at the end of the shot clock with 24.5 seconds left, lifted him to 1,000 career points ... Notched his sixth double-double of the campaign with 10 points and 12 caroms in a 71-63 win over Rutgers on Feb. 18 ... Matched a career high with 16 rebounds to go with 11 points and two assists in a 70-61 win at Connecticut on Feb. 16 ... Added nine points and 10 rebounds to a 68-40 Villanova victory over USF on Feb. 9 at the Pavilion ... Posted his fourth double-double of the campaign on Feb. 3 against Providence, finishing with 10 points and 14 rebounds in 34 minutes ... Led VU with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field at Notre Dame on Jan. 30 ... Also added seven caroms ... Collected the pivotal rebound in a 75-71 win over No. 3 Syracuse on Jan. 26 with 2.2 seconds left, which he kicked out to Ryan Arcidiacono for the game-tying 3-point field goal ... Matched a career-high with 16 rebounds and added 14 points in that win ... Added several key baskets after halftime to help lead a Villanova comeback against Louisville ... Closed the night with 11 points and four rebounds ... Contributed 11 points and a season-high 14 rebounds in a 72-61 loss at Syracuse on Jan. 12 ... Delivered 16 points and 13 rebounds for his first double-double of the season in a 61-53 victory over USF at the Sun Dome on Jan. 9 ... Added a season-high eight rebounds in VU's 98-86 win over St. John's in the BIG EAST opener on Jan. 2.
2012-13 Non-Conference Highlights: Contributed 10 points, including eight after halftime, to help VU down Penn 68-55 on Dec. 8 ... Helped lead VU to a 62-52 win at Vanderbilt, scoring 16 points, 12 after halftime ... Also contributed seven rebounds and was 10-of-12 at the foul line ... The 10 free throws established a new career high in that category ... Led the Wildcats with a season-high 20 points to go with seven rebounds in a 77-74 loss to La Salle on Nov. 25 at Tom Gola Arena ... Collected seven rebounds in an 89-81 overtime win over Purdue on Nov. 15 at Madison Square Garden ... Added nine points and five rebouns in a 78-58 win over UDC on Nov. 9 in the 2K Sports Classic.
2011-12 Overview: Ranked ninth in the BIG EAST in rebounding at 8.2 rpg and third on the Wildcats in scoring at 11.3 ppg ... Produced nine double-doubles on the season ... Was the only Villanova player to start all 32 games.
2011-12 BIG EAST Regular Season: Chipped in with 16 points and seven caroms in a 72-68 loss to Cincinnati on March 3 ... Produced his eighth double-double of the season on March 1 at Rutgers, scoring 10 points and collecting 11 rebounds in a 77-71 triumph ... Added nine points and seven rebounds at Georgetown on Feb. 25 ... Converted 7-of-10 field goal attempts in 29 minutes to snap a shooting slump in a 74-72 win over Providence on Feb. 7 ... Contributed 12 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots on Feb. 5 at Pittsburgh ... Added 10 points and seven rebounds against Louisville on Jan. 25 ... Grabbed 13 rebounds in a 79-76 overtime win over St. John's on Jan. 21 at Madison Square Garden ... Contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds against Syracuse on Jan. 11 ... Added 14 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes of an 87-71 win over DePaul on Jan. 8 ... Led Villanova with 14 points and also added six rebounds in 24 minutes of action against Marquette at the Bradley Center ... Contributed 13 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes at West Virginia on Dec. 28.
2011-12 Postseason: Provided an offensive spark with 20 points for Villanova in its second round BIG EAST Tournament loss to the University of South Florida on March 7 ... Averaged 16.5 points and 7.0 rpg for the BIG EAST Tournament.
Non-Conference Highlights: Recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds in a 68-43 win over Boston University on Dec. 13 ... Suffered a sprained right ankle in practice on Dec. 16, which limited him to 11 minutes the following night at Saint Joseph's ... Produced 14 points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes of action at Temple on Dec. 10 ... Scored nine of his 11 points in the second half of an 81-71 loss to Missouri on Dec. 6 ... Also chipped in with eight rebounds ... Named Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Week on Dec. 5 ... Led the Wildcats with 21 points and 11 rebounds in a 73-65 win over Penn on Dec. 3 ... His 19 points paced the Wildcats in a 65-64 loss to Santa Clara on Nov. 27 at the Anaheim Arena ... Contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 71-46 win over UC Riverside on Nov. 24 at the 76 Classic ... Established an early presence in the Nov. 18 win over Delaware, scoring 15 of his 19 points to help VU build a 38-24 edge at intermission ... Picked up his second double-double of the new season with 10 points and 14 rebounds in a 76-69 win over La Salle on Nov. 15 ... Opened the season with a double-double, scoring 24 points and adding 10 rebounds in a 106-70 win over Monmouth ... Converted 9-of-12 from the field.
2010-11 Season: Started all 33 games for Villanova, averaging 8.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest.
2010-11 Big East Regular Season: Averaged 8.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game ... Pulled down 15 rebounds to go with 12 points in a 77-75 win at DePaul on Feb. 19 ... Posted his fourth double-double of the season in a 57-54 loss to Pittsbrugh on Feb. 12 ... Tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds to go with a career-best four blocked shots ... Matched a career-high with 18 points in a 75-70 victory over Marquette ... Sank eight of 10 free throw attempts ... Established a new career high with 18 points to go with 11 rebounds in an 88-74 win over Louisville on Jan. 12 ... Led the Wildcats with seven rebounds to go with nine points in a 72-61 win over No. 24 Cincinnati on Jan. 9.
2010-11 Postseason: Suffered bruised ribs and a bruised right shoulder after taking a nasty fall under the basket in VU's 70-69 loss to USF at the Big East Tournament ... Did not return after suffering the injury late in the first half ... Collected 13 rebounds to go with six points in VU's 61-57 loss to George Mason in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
2010-11 Highlights: Named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star squad ... Also named to the Philly SIDA All-Academic unit ... Finished with 14 points, including several important second half baskets, in a 78-74 win over Temple on Dec. 30 ... Converted six of nine from the floor to finish with 14 points and five rebounds in a 76-36 win at Monmouth on Dec. 22 ... Added nine rebounds to go with four points in an 84-81 win over La Salle on Dec. 12 ... Contributed 12 rebounds in a 71-60 win over Saint Joseph's on Dec. 3 ... Led the Wildcats with 15 points to go along with five rebounds in a 78-68 loss to Tennessee in the finals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden ... Produced a new career best of 16 rebounds to go with 13 points in an 82-70 victory over UCLA on Nov. 24 ... Delivered his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in 26 minutes of an 86-41 win over Lafayette on Nov. 20 ... Chipped in with nine points and six rebounds in an 82-66 NIT Season Tip-Off win over Boston University ... Contributed 10 points and five rebounds in an 84-47 win over Marist on Nov. 16 ... Recorded six points and seven rebounds in a 68-52 Villanova victory over Bucknell on Nov. 12, 2010.
2009-10 Season: Saved his best work for last, scoring 17 points in a 73-70 victory over Robert Morris in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Appeared in 21 games after a seven week absence owed to Hepatitis B ... Averaged 4.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest over the course of the campaign.
2009-10 Big East Regular Season: Appeared in 16 games, with three starting assignments ... Added 10 points, two rebounds and two blocked shots in a 77-73 win at Cincinnati on March 2 ... Drew his first starting assignment since November on Feb. 27 at Syracuse and responded with a season-high 13 points to go with eight rebounds in 22 minutes ... Logged a season-high 24 minutes, adding four points , six rebounds and three steals in a 74-49 win over USF on Feb. 24 ... Contributed six points and five rebounds in 13 minutes of a 84-75 loss to Connecticut on Feb. 15 ... Added two points and five rebounds in an 81-71 win over Seton Hall on Feb. 2 ... Picked up a season high nine rebounds to go with six points in 18 minutes of a 94-68 win at Rutgers on Jan. 20 ... Contributed four points and three rebounds in 14 minutes of action in a 92-84 win at Louisville on Jan. 11 ... Returned to game action on Jan. 6 in a 99-72 win over DePaul ... Logged 14 minutes, scoring four points, grabbing two rebounds and picking up one blocked shot ... Was cleared by physicians to resume all basketball activities on Dec. 31 and was in uniform on Jan. 2 at Marquette .
2009-10 Postseason: Started all three postseason games, averaging 8.3 ppg in them ... Dropped in a season-high 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field in a 73-70 overtime victory over Robert Morris on March 18 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Was a perfect 7-of-7 from the line, including 4-of-4 in overtime.
2009-10 Highlights: Appeared in two games before being sideline by Hepatitis B virus ... Supplied six points and three rebounds while drawing a starting assignment in VU's 84-61 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 13.
MONTROSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Helped lead the national powerhouse to 22 victories and the semifinals of the ESPN Rise National Invitational Tournament in April ... Averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots per outing while playing for coach Stu Vetter ... Spent his junior year at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodbridge, Va., after arriving in the United States from Benin in West Africa ... Ranked among the top 30 players in the nation by ESPNU ... Selected to play in the Jordan Brand All-Star game at New York's Madison Square Garden following his senior season ...Named MVP of the Capitol Classic.
Parents are Louis and Awaou Bawa Yarou ... His father is an agricultural engineer and his mother operates a clothing store in Benin ... Born June 26, 1990 ... Emigrated to the United States in 2007 ... Siblings include Kader, Aziz, Fali, Amina, Madina, Salek, and Emma ... Speaks five languages, including English, French and three African dialects ... Spent most of his youth playing soccer and only began to play basketball in 2004 ... His major is Finance and International Business in the Villanova School of Business.