Villanova center Daniel Ochefu has been a steady contributor at the defensive end and on the boards for the Wildcats when he hasn't been battling foul trouble. But when the 6-foot-11 sophomore stays on the court and shows the comfort level he exhibited Saturday at the offensive end in the sixth-ranked Wildcats' 88-62 Big East win over DePaul, it makes an already good team even better. Before a sellout crowd at the Pavilion, Ochefu hit all six of his shots from the field and scored a career-high 14 points to go with six rebounds, four assists, and three blocked shots in 29 minutes for Villanova (16-1, 5-0). Ochefu, who entered the game averaging 18.8 minutes, attributes his ballhandling skills to the fact that he ran "a little bit of point" as a guard in high school at Westtown. But he said he's feeling good on the court. "I'm really comfortable," he said. "I think my coaches and my teammates do a great job of being confident in me. I just respond to them having confidence in me. It was really good being on the court for my teammates." Villanova coach Jay Wright said he was "so proud" of Ochefu. "He works hard on his offensive skills," he said. "He takes great pride in his passing and his defense. It takes time for a forward to develop offensively, but he's been carrying us defensively and on the glass." Wright particularly liked a play Ochefu made midway through the second half with his team up by 14. The Blue Demons (10-9, 2-4) had a numbers advantage on a fastbreak, but Ochefu sprinted downcourt and blocked a layup attempt by DePaul point guard Billy Garrett Jr "A lot of people talk about [three-point baskets] as the dagger, but I thought that [block] was the dagger because they were making a little run," Wright said. "He chased them down from behind."
Villanova rolls to win over DePaul
Philly.com | Jan 19