Vilanova Basketball 2021-22 Player Summary: Colin Gillespie

Colin Gillespie’s career stats

season a team GP p Accurate FG %fg 3PT 3P% FT FT% or Dr REB I’m sorry BLK Special Tribunal for Lebanon PF to points
season a team GP p Accurate FG %fg 3PT 3P% FT FT% or Dr REB I’m sorry BLK Special Tribunal for Lebanon PF to points
2017-18 Elephant 32 1 14.4 1.3-2.9 45.2 0.9-2.2 39.4 0.8-0.9 80 0.1 1.2 1.3 1.1 0.1 0.6 1.4 0.4 4.3
2018-19 Elephant 35 35 29.5 3.3-8.0 40.9 2.1-5.6 37.9 2.2-2.7 83.9 0.3 2 2.4 2.8 0.1 1.1 2.7 1.5 10.9
2019-20 Elephant 31 31 34.1 5.0-12.3 40.6 2.3-6.3 35.7 2.9-3.5 81.7 0.2 3.5 3.7 4.5 0.1 1.2 2.3 1.9 15.1
2020-21 Elephant 20 20 33.4 4.5-10.4 42.8 2.1-5.5 37.6 3.0-3.6 83.3 0.6 2.7 3.3 4.6 0 1 1.6 1.6 14
2021-22 Elephant 38 38 34.2 4.9-11.4 43.4 3.0-7.2 41.5 2.8-3.1 90.5 0.4 3.4 3.8 3.2 0 1 1.9 1.7 15.6


Originally, it looked like Colin Gillespie’s time at Villanova was unceremoniously coming to an end, as a knee injury preemptively ended his first season with a bittersweet victory over Creighton on the big day. It’s been a huge disappointment in a challenging college basketball season in the 2020-2021 season affected by COVID.

While it seemed like the end, it was actually the beginning of a big comeback chapter in his career. Because of the pandemic, the NCAA has chosen to give all of its athletes an extra year of eligibility and seniors, which means a second chance. Gillespie and his classmates decided to take the NCAA on their show.

He got a clean bill of health and was allowed to participate in basketball activities midway through the summer and with the start of the season approaching, everyone wondered how much he could play after coming off a frightening injury.

Just as Gillespie has done throughout his career, it was another season in which he raises the bar and breaks the mark.

He put in his best season to date, averaging 15.6 points in his career on 43.4% shooting and 41.5% clip from outside the arc. He also averaged 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.0 steals per game.

With a campaign like that, he also received honors and awards. Gillespie is the recipient of the Bob Cousy Award, an award given to the nation’s most outstanding rangers. He was also the Big East Player of the Year on and off the field, receiving the outspoken Big East Player of the Year and Sports Researcher of the Year award at the conference – becoming the first player ever to hold both titles at the same time. season.

He became the first Big East Player of the Year award twice for Vilanova. He was also named an All-American and was named Philadelphia Player of the Year, receiving the Big East Tournament’s Most Outstanding Awards.

Gillespie finished his first season with 113 three-pointers, surpassing the record set by Alan Ray, who had 107. He also appeared in 156 games over the course of his five-year career, a record that may never be broken.

There were plenty of special moments and performances, but perhaps nothing greater than driving the Cats to Dunkin’ Donuts Center and guiding them to beat La’s back then. 8 Providence top run 33 points, including the dagger in the last minute.

He also played through an ankle injury for part of the season, and delivered in clutch moments. Gillespie converted it in the final minutes of the Big East Tournament final against Creighton, and helped the Cats return to the Final Four with a win over Houston.

I look ahead

This latest chapter in Gillespie’s five-year career cemented his place in the Villanova ranger compound. He came out with the Final Four look and got trips there to book his career.

His journey and story are impressive. From being mostly on Division II’s radar as he enters his final year of high school, to capturing the attention of Villanova’s coaching staff with big performances, he’s made a name for himself.

Remember when it was said in jest how the long-lost Arcidiacono was? Breaking free from those shadows and coining his name, he shattered many expectations and doubted that many had cast him in the early years of his career.

Each year, he has continued to up his game, rising from one of the best players on the team, then in the conference, and now the best guard in college basketball.

There will be big boots to fill next season, for whoever is tasked with managing the point. Gillespie will be away from the season, and he’s already garnered some attention at the NBA Combine.

We’ll miss Gillespie, and it will be interesting to see how his journey unfolds on the next level, but no matter what happens, Jay Wright puts it best.

We will tell stories about him for a long time.