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About Saddiq Bey
Saddiq Bey is a versatile forward who steadily improved over the last two years to emerge as one of the more efficient players in the Big East. Widely regarded as a top-150 prospect in the high school class of 2018, Bey committed to a Villanova team rebuilding from an incredibly successful stretch under Head Coach Jay Wright that saw the program capture two National Championships in three years. Filling a complementary role averaging 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds as a starter during his freshman year, he broke out in a major way as a sophomore showing dramatic improvement in several key areas.
Averaging 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 45.1% from beyond the arc, Bey solidified himself as one of the best small forwards in the country while guiding Villanova a spot in the AP Top-10 and earning All-Big East 1st Team honors.
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- Standing 6-foot-7 with a 216-pound frame that continues to improve and a 6-foot-11 wingspan, Bey has nice size for a forward and a good combination of strength and instincts that he makes use of in a variety of ways on both ends.
- A tough, competitive player, Bey’s improvement as a shooter, excellent feel for the game, and strong base of footwork and fundamentals were apparent in his versatility this season. Among the most efficient scorers in the country, he proved to be an excellent floor spacer, but his jump shot translated in the pick and roll and in transition as well. Able to use his physicality to create for himself a bit while still moving the ball unselfishly as a passer, the sophomore was critical to the Wildcats’ success this season.
- Possessing good length and instincts, Bey is not the most prolific rebounder or disruptive defender but plays with discipline and physicality. Charged with guarding several explosive scoring guards for stretches last season, he is not overwhelmingly quick, but is a smart, diligent defender willing to do what is asked of him.
- Possessing good length and fundamentals, Bey is a heady defender who does not make a lot of mistakes. He does not have outstanding lateral quickness but knows how to deal with switches and allowed 0.56 points per isolation possession [76th percentile].
- He rebounded the ball better as a freshman than as a sophomore due in large part to how much more frequently he found himself guarding on the perimeter in his second year with the Wildcats.
- 2019-20 Honorable Mention AP All-American and unanimous All-Big East First Team selection.
- Top-15 finalist for the 2019-20 John Wooden Award.
- Winner of the 2019-20 Julius Erving Award, recognizing the nation’s top small forward.
- Selected to the 2018-19 Big East All-Freshman team.
- Averaged a team-leading 16.1 points and 4.7 rebounds.
- Ranked fourth in the nation in three-point shooting percentage (45.1).
- Placed fifth in the Big East in scoring in league games (17.3 ppg).
- Scored a career-high 33 points and made 8-of-10 three-pointers vs. Georgetown (Jan. 11).
- Villanova posted a 24-7 record and earned a share of the Big East regular-season title.
- Skilled and versatile combo forward.
- Comfortable putting the ball on the floor.
- Excels in catch-and-shoot situations.
- Smart and efficient player at both ends.
- Attended the same Washington, D.C., high school (Sidwell Friends) as former Villanova and current New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart, Chelsea Clinton and Malia and Sasha Obama.
- Mother, Drewana, played college basketball at Charlotte.
“He’s a matchup problem just with his size and his skill. I think he’s gotten a lot stronger and he’s shooting the ball at a higher clip. What you like about his game is, he’s under control. He plays the game with poise and a control and a confidence.”
-Butler coach LaVall Jordan