Kyle Neptune on Cam Whitmore: “When he’s turned on, he’s as talented as anyone offensively”

VILLANOVA – Cam Whitmore has yet to play for Villanova but has already shown the potential to be one of college basketball’s top rookies during the 2022-23 season.

A consensus five-star recruit, the 6-6 forward was the MVP of the FIBA ​​Under-18 Americas Championship earlier this summer and also made a strong initial impression during pre-season training.

On Thursday, during a team practice on campus, Whitmore showed off his full offensive arsenal, finishing dunks around the rim with authority and regularly penetrating against defenders at will.

“Cam (Whitmore) is very violent offensively,” Villanova coach Kyle Neptune told College Hoops Today on Thursday. “Josh Hart and Eric Paschall were very tough and explosive drivers. Cam has the best of both.”

Whitmore also has the potential to be a lethal outside pitcher with an effortless punch. He regularly took wide shots during practice on Thursday, while also showing off a book hit. Whitmore hit 45.5 percent from the three-point range during the FIBA ​​Under-18 Americas Championship.

“The difference in his offensive play is when he’s shooting three-pointers,” Neptune said. “That’s what he’s doing now. When he’s turned on, he’s as talented as anyone offensively.”

Villanova is entering his first season since 2001 without Jay Wright as coach and his first with Neptune, who coached at Fordham last year. The Wildcats return four of their top six scorers — Justin Moore, Caleb Daniels, Brandon Slater and Eric Dixon — from last season’s team that lost to Kansas in the Final Four. Moore is currently out indefinitely with an Achilles tendon injury.

Villanova currently occupies the 14th place in the ranking ROTHSTEIN 45.

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