Yacoubou could be in for an increase in playing time, says Philly.com's Marc Narducci. The sophomore was given a chance to shine on Saturday and made the most of it, prompting Villanova head coach Jay Wright to talk about his effort after the game:
"Last year as a freshman he struggled a little bit and he has been getting better every day and you see it in practice and we used him a lot today. Nobody on our team is surprised, he is a player who just needs consistency."
Yacoubou's performance against Penn was the best of his career, and could work largely in his favor on a Villanova team that is still tinkering with its rotation. Prior to Saturday, Yacoubou's season-high in points was nine, which came in a victory over the University of District of Columbia on Nov. 9.
Coming out of Brookville, N.Y.'s Long Island Lutheran High School in 2011, Yacoubou was a four-star recruit and the third-best player in the state of New York, according to ESPN's Recruiting Nation. Yacoubou chose Villanova over Connecticut, Maryland, Kentucky and Wisconsin.