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Ryan Arcidiacono

Liberal Arts


Ryan Arcidiacono has a cumulative GPA of 3.17 and is on track to graduate in May. He has been named to the BIG EAST All-Academic teams in both 2012-13 and 2013-14 and was on the Dean’s List in the spring of 2013 and spring of 2014.


Arcidiacono was voted as a team captain midway through his freshman season at Villanova and has retained that title throughout the duration of his college career. Head Coach Jay Wright has frequently lauded Arcidiacono for his leadership and commitment to the program’s core values, which place a high priority on teamwork and playing for teammates and coaches.


As a team leader Arcidiacono has been at the forefront of the Wildcats’ community service efforts. Each year the men’s basketball team joins other athletics teams at Villanova to take part in the campus-wide St. Augustine Day of Service. As a unit, the Wildcats have traveled into Philadelphia to assist with different restoration projects, one of which was to clean out a Thrift Shop clothing store that serves a nearby community. The men’s basketball team also helps open the annual Fall Festival for the Pennsylvania Special Olympics held each year at Villanova University.


Arcidiacono has been a three-year starter and a leader on teams that have won 82 games and back-to-back BIG EAST regular season championships. The Wildcats also claimed the 2015 BIG EAST Tournament title in a 33-3 season in 2014-15. Arcidiacono shared the 2015 BIG EAST Player of the Year Award with Kris Dunn of Providence and was also named first-team All-BIG EAST and All-Philadelphia Big Five. He was a unanimous choice to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team in 2013. Villanova entered the weekly Associated Press poll in December of 2013 and has remained there each week since, peaking at No. 2. It earned a No. 2 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and a No. 1 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Arcidiacono entered this season with 1,106 career points, which ranked 55th in program history, and his 366 career assists ranked 17th.