Justin Moore could give Vilanova a boost with an early comeback

by John Fanta
FOX Sports College basketball writer

There is no more important factor in the future Great East College basketball season of the case Justin Moore.

The Villanova The star, who suffered a right Achilles tendon rupture last season’s Elite Eight, presents an optimistic scenario for his return to Kyle Neptune and the Wildcats.

Moore told FOX Sports on Monday that he is “currently targeting some time into the start of the Big East season.” Moore added that the biggest problem he’s dealing with in recovery right now is the mental side of things – learning to believe that when he’s jumping and running, Achilles will stay the same and he can trust to recover. The 6-foot-4 goalkeeper tackled the matter with NBA players Kevin Durant And the John Wallwho shared with him advice on recovering from this injury.

Justin Moore told John Fanta that he’s “targeting some time around the start of the Big East” for his comeback from an Achilles tendon injury. (Photo courtesy of John Fanta)

What does this news mean? He could change the pinnacle of the Great East Race.

While Villanova was ranked #14 in the top 15 pre-season countdowns Even without Moore, the Wildcats are still the No. 2 company in the convention approaching the season. Creton He has the talent on paper to be favored, brings back a lot of experience and adds a high-impact transition in Baylor Sherman. But if Moore is ready to go when the Big East rolls around, and is close to what he was before the injury (14.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.3 APG), the gap will close dramatically between the Bluejays and the Wildcats.

The other candidate to be in the mix near the top of the conference is Xavierwho has a new head coach in Sean Miller (2.0) and four returning players who should start with a team that just missed the NCAA Championship last season, but won the NIT title.

Now, there is still a question of how well Moore will do at staving off such a major injury, as a torn hock can carry long-term effects. But assuming Moore can have an effect, he could have an effect similar to Villanova’s in getting a mid-season trading deadline.

her wild cats Caleb Daniels And the Jordan Longino As returnees, the coaching staff is high on freshmen Cam Whitmore and Mark Armstrong. These two first-year players are more likely to get more chances than if Moore was healthy. If they evolved and Moore came back strong, he could give wild cats a different dimension and put them at the top of the picture of the Big East.

Why should you avoid betting on them?

Villanova has won either a Big East regular season or championship title every year since 2014. The Wildcats have earned the right to be their league so they can take it from them.

However, this is one of Villanova’s most interesting seasons in years, mainly because life without Jay Wright raises many new questions for new coach Neptune and his crew to answer. There is also the fact that only Daniels Brandon Slater And the Eric Dixon They’re back with important minutes under their belts.

Add to the timeline of Moore, the biggest piece to the puzzle, and there’s no shortage of storylines on the main line.

If Moore’s plan to get back in time for the Big East season comes true, it could be a dream for Vilanova and make the Wildcats a top-10 team in the first season of a new era.

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John Fanta is a National College Basketball announcer and writer for FOX Sports. It covers sports in a variety of capacities, from invoking games on FS1 to serving as the main host on the BIG EAST Digital Network to providing commentary on The Field of 68 Media Network. Follow him on Twitter @John Fanta.

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