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Ryan Arcidiacono
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Free agent
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1994-03-26) March 26, 1994 (age 24)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American / Italian
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Neshaminy (Langhorne, Pennsylvania)
College Villanova (2012–2016)
NBA draft 2016 / Undrafted
Playing career 2016–present
Career history
2016–2017 Austin Spurs
2017–2018 Chicago Bulls
2017–2018Windy City Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
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Ryan Curran Arcidiacono (/ˌɑːrdiˈɑːkən/ AR-chee-dee-AH-kə-noh; born March 26, 1994) is an Italian-American professional basketball player who is a free agent and has represented Italy in international competition. He attended Neshaminy High School, where he averaged 20.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a junior to lead Neshaminy to the PIAA playoffs. As a freshman at Villanova, he was named to the Big East Conference All-Rookie Team. Arcidiacono, as a junior, was co-winner of the conference's Player of the Year award.[1] As part of Vilanova's 2016 National Championship team, Arcidiacono was awarded the Most Outstanding Player award and assisted on the game-winning basket to Kris Jenkins as time expired in the National Championship.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Arcidiacono was born on March 26, 1994 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has three older siblings, Sabrina, Nicole, Michael; and younger twin siblings, Christopher and Courtney.[4] His parents, Joe and Patti Arcidiacono, met at Villanova University, where Joe was an offensive lineman on the football team. When he was young, his father installed a 6-foot plastic hoop in the family living room. Arcidiacono would often practice shooting jump shots and hitting layups on the small hoop before progressing to an actual basketball court. At one AAU game, Arcidiacono scored 50 points. At another, he hit eight three-pointers in a row. When he was in 7th grade at a basketball camp, Villanova coach Jay Wright said he would one day play for the Wildcats.[5] Growing up, his favorite athletes were the 76ers' Allen Iverson and the Eagles' Brian Dawkins.[6] In eighth grade, Arcidiacono trained with former Penn State player Ben Luber.[7]

High school career[edit]

Arcidiacono attended Neshaminy High School, where he was coached by Jerry Devine.[4] Arcidiacono led the team to a PIAA Class AAAA tournament as a sophomore. In a playoff game against Bartram High School, he tallied a triple-double of 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.[7] He averaged 18 points per game and was named to the Class AAAA second team.[8] At the end of his sophomore season, Arcidiacono travelled with his AAU team, the PA Playaz, to North Carolina for the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. In the first game of the tournament, he crashed into the floor face-first, an injury that required eight stitches. Despite the advice of doctors, he decided to play in the following game, and responded with 35 points. He continued to score at the same pace for the remainder of the tournament, and major college programs took notice. Arcidiacono received recruiting offers from Syracuse, Florida, Texas, and Villanova, among others. In October 2010, after attending Villanova's Hoops Mania event, he committed to play for the Villanova Wildcats.[5]

As a junior, Arcidiacono guided Neshaminy to a 22–7 record while averaging 20.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 2.2 steals.[9] He surpassed the 1,000 point mark in a game against Pennsbury, scoring 29 points in a 83–52 win.[10] The Neshaminy Redskins reached the state quarterfinals in 2011 before losing to Penn Wood. At the conclusion of his junior season, he was named the Bucks County Courier Times player of the year.[11] The Philadelphia Inquirer selected him to the first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania.[9]

He began to feel pain in his lower back shortly after the end of his junior season. In May 2011, while attending a basketball camp at the Deron Williams Academy in Chicago, Arcidiacono complained of poor mobility and soreness.[9] He was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back, forcing him to miss his senior season. Arcidiacono had surgery to repair the disk on December 21, and he could not leave his house for two weeks thereafter.[6] Arcidiacono finished his career at Neshaminy High School as the program's all-time leading scorer. He tallied 1,498 points, 449 rebounds, 378 assists, 178 steals, and 160 three-pointers.[9] Despite missing the season, ESPNU ranked him among the top 50 seniors in the country.[4]

College career[edit]


Arcidiacono began his freshman season not fully recovered from his back injury.[6] He made his collegiate debut scoring 11 points against the University of the District of Columbia.[12] In the following game against Marshall, Arcidiacono became the first Wildcat freshman to score 25 points since Scottie Reynolds.[4] Arcidiacono garnered his first Big East rookie of the week honors on November 18, after an 18-point six-assist performance in an overtime win against Purdue.[13] He was again named Big East rookie of the week on December 31 after a 17-point performance against NJIT.[14] He had a career-high 32 points on January 2, 2013, to propel Villanova to a 98–86 overtime victory over St. John's.[15] This performance earned Arcidiacono Big East rookie of the week honors for the week of January 6.[16] In the January 26 contest against third-ranked Syracuse, Arcidiacono made a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 61. The Wildcats ended up defeating Syracuse in overtime 75–71.[17] Arcidiacono earned his fourth rookie of the week honors in the last week of the regular season.[4]

Led by Arcidiacono, Villanova enjoyed a 20–14 season and reached the NCAA Tournament where they were seeded ninth and matched up with eight seed North Carolina in the first round. Arcidiacono had 10 points, but his Wildcats lost to the Tar Heels 78–71.[18] He posted averages of 11.9 points, 3.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game. Arcidiacono started all 34 games and played an average of 34.0 minutes per game, which led the team. He was named Philadelphia Big 5 rookie of the year and was selected to the Big East All-Rookie team.[19]


Going into his sophomore campaign, Arcidiacono focused on improving his footwork and shooting mechanics.[19] Arcidiacono hit a 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds left in a November 29 matchup against Kansas despite not making a shot until that point. The Wildcats held on to upset the second-ranked Jayhawks 63-59.[20] Arcidiacono had his first double-double with 20 points and 11 assists in a 94–85 overtime win over Marquette on January 25, 2014.[21] He recorded a season-high 21 points in the February 18 game against Providence. With 3.1 seconds left in double overtime, Arcidiacono completed a three-point play to help the Wildcats to a 82–79 victory.[22]

He was an honorable mention all-Big East selection at the conclusion of the regular season.[23] He joined teammate Darrun Hilliard on the All-Big 5 Second Team.[24] He posted averages of 9.9 points, 3.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds per contest. Arcidiacono started 33 games and played an average of 31.1 minutes per game, leading the team.[4]


Arcidiacono was selected to the preseason second team All-Big East.[25] In its preseason top 100 college basketball player rankings, ESPN ranked Arcidiacono #84.[26] Arcidiacono was named to the 36-man Bob Cousy Award Preseason Watch List.[27] On November 14, Arcidiacono scored 16 points in his season debut, a 77–66 victory over Lehigh.[28] He had 10 points in an 80–54 victory over Seton Hall on February 17, 2015, and received a hit on the nose from the forearm of Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs, who was suspended and subsequently apologized.[29] On March 3, Arcidiacono scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, in a 76–72 win over Creighton.[30] In the semifinals of the Big East tournament, Villanova defeated Providence 63–61 after Arcidiacono hit a pair of free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining.[31]

After overcoming a nagging right wrist injury in December, Arcidiacono averaged 12.9 points and 3.6 assists and made 45.5 percent of his attempts from the floor and 44.4 percent from the three point arc in Big East conference play. He shared Big East Player of the Year honors with Providence guard Kris Dunn, feeling "kind of shocked" about the selection.[32] Arcidiacono was a 2014–15 Men's All-District II Team selection by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.[33] He was named to the Second Team All-District V by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.[34] He was named to the All-Big 5 First Team.[35]


Arcidiacono making a pass in the championship game

Going into his senior year at Villanova, Arcidiacono was named to the Preseason First Team All-Big East.[36] He was listed on the Oscar Robertson Award preseason watchlist[37] as well as the Naismith College Player of the Year watchlist.[38] In his season debut, a 91-54 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on November 13, Arcidiacono had 12 points.[39] On December 31, in a 95-64 victory over sixth-ranked Xavier, he connected on seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points.[40]

He was named one of the ten finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.[41] At the conclusion of the regular season, Arcidiacono was selected to the Second Team All-Big East.[42] Arcidiacono helped lead Villanova to the 2016 NCAA Men's Division I basketball championship, where he had the game-winning assist to Kris Jenkins in the title game against North Carolina, and was named Most Outstanding Player for his performance.[43]

College statistics[edit]

2012–13 Villanova 34 34 34.1 .380 .327 .824 2.1 3.5 1.1 0.0 11.9
2013–14 Villanova 34 33 31.1 .395 .345 .703 2.4 3.5 1.1 0.0 9.9
2014–15 Villanova 36 36 30.4 .394 .372 .813 1.7 3.6 1.1 0.1 10.1
2015–16 Villanova 40 40 32.1 .500 .394 .836 2.9 4.2 1.1 0.0 12.5

Professional career[edit]

Austin Spurs (2016–2017)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Arcidiacono joined the San Antonio Spurs for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[44] On July 14, 2016, he signed with the Spurs,[45] but was waived on October 22 after appearing in three preseason games.[46] Seven days later, he was acquired by the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League as an affiliate of San Antonio.[47]

For the 2017–18 season, Arcidiacono originally signed with the Italian team Juvecaserta Basket.[48] However, on July 14, 2017, it was announced that Juvecaserta would not be accepted in Serie A, as it was rejected by Com.Tec. (Commission of control on the companies' financial statements). As a result, he voided the contract with the Italian company. [49]

Chicago Bulls (2017–2018)[edit]

On July 25, 2017, Arcidiacono signed a two-way contract with the Chicago Bulls,[50] the team he played with the 2017 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas[51] As a result, he would split time between Chicago and their G League affiliate, the Windy City Bulls throughout the season, with Arcidiacono spending most of his time out in the Windy City. He also became the first player in franchise history to sign a two-way deal.

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


Regular season[edit]

2017–18 Chicago 24 0 12.7 .415 .290 .833 1.0 1.5 .5 .0 2.0
Career 24 0 12.7 .415 .290 .833 1.0 1.5 .5 .0 2.0

NBA G-League[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

2016–17 Austin 47 34 27.5 .472 .421 .814 3.7 3.8 .9 .1 6.5
2017–18 Windy City 37 37 39.5 .456 .446 .833 5.0 8.5 1.7 .2 13.9
Career 84 71 32.8 .462 .437 .827 4.3 5.9 1.3 .1 9.8

National team career[edit]

In June 2012, Arcidiacono was called up by the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team.[52] In June 2013, he was called up as one of the candidates to join the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.[53]

On May 21, 2015, he was selected by the Italian national team to play in an international tournament.[54]


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