This freshman class turned a lot of heads with the addition of 5-star recruit, Jahvon Quinerly. Others in the freshman class flew under the radar, lost in the roar of the “We Want Jelly” chants. One name you didn’t hear too much at the beginning of the season: Saddiq Bey.
Bey is a 6’7″ forward from Largo, Maryland hailing from Sidwell Friends High School, which should sound familiar to Nova fans as it also produced Villanova legend Josh Hart. Will Saddiq Bey be the next Quaker turned Wildcat legend? Jay Wright has highlighted some similarities to Hart, notably in a Nova Nation All Access Interview, where Wright boosts Bey’s work ethic and commitment to detail.
After two devasting back-to-back losses against Michigan and Furman, Saddiq Bey got his first collegiate start against Canisius. Bey played 31 minutes, had 8 rebounds and was the second-leading scorer in points with 11 (behind Dhamir Crosby-Roundtree and Phil Booth who tied with 15). This season for Villanova has been the Phil Booth and Eric Paschall show. They have been the two-headed hydra that will not let this team go down. That being said, this team’s solidification would not possible without Bey finding his role.
Bey has been a quiet soldier in the Nova army. Not every play he makes shows up on the stat sheet, but he hustles and rebounds and helps the team get second-chance opportunities. Aside from great rebounding ability and toughness, Bey can shoot. He is near 46% from the field and shooting 36% from three this season.
After a missed jumper by Paschall, Saddiq Bey fights for the ball with the opponent, hustling to the ground to come up with the offensive rebound. Bey passes the ball to Paschall who is able to score. This clip is just one example of the level of toughness and energy he brings to the team.
Here is a clip of Bey’s skills in the paint.
The Villanova system has worked by systemically molding its young talent. Saddiq Bey was a late addition to the roster, and it’s clear Villanova got a steal. He’s boasts a guard’s skill in a traditional big’s body. With his versatile offense and defensive skills that allow him to guard several positions, Bey’s development has been one key to this team’s success this season.