In April, confetti showered from the rafters of NRG Stadium in Houston as Ryan Arcidiacono and the Villanova Wildcats hoisted the NCAA championshp trophy. Arcidiacono had just assisted on the game-winning buzzer-beater to down the UNC Tar Heels.
Wondering where Arcidiacono has been since that One Shining Moment? Look no further than the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. As a guard for the Austin Spurs, his talent and potential have been on display this week at the NBA D League Showcase.
“I think [teams] know what I bring,” Arcidiacono said. “I think they’re starting to see it the last five or six games.”
Arcidiacono flashed his ability to shoot, rebound and facilitate on Wednesday in the Spurs opening contest of the Showcase. The rookie guard recorded 6 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists en-route to a 119-100 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Arcidiacono started out the season in training camp with the San Antonio Spurs, under the tutelage of a legendary coach.
“From Pop [Greg Popovich], [I learned] just a lot of the little things. Just being a professional every single day and bringing it… I think that training camp helped me to become a professional basketball player.”
During his rookie campaign, Arcidiacono is averaging 4.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. He’s seen progress, but knows there’s room to improve.
“I definitely think that I can be an NBA player. If not this year, maybe five years down the line. It’s something I’m going to work for and I won’t be satisfied until I get there.”
Although Arcidiacono is focused on furthering his professional career, fans still remind him about his college one. More specifically, his role in the NCAA Championship-winning shot.
“I get it a decent amount. It’s something good to be reminded about… I wouldn’t want to be on the other side.”