This is the first in a thirteen-part series profiling the 2011-12 Hoyas.
Taking a look at each member of the upcoming season’s Hoya roster has become somewhat of a tradition, as has starting with the walk-ons. Last year’s departure of stalwart Ryan Dougherty leaves this year’s roster with just one non-scholarship player: sophomore guard John Caprio. Caprio, the product of Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey, saw scant time last year, appearing in just four games for a total of six minutes. Still, the Hoyas’ average margin of victory in games in which Caprio doffed his warm-ups was a tidy 20.5. Correlation or causation? You be the judge. Looking a bit more closely, Caprio bricked two free throws in his first appearance, a walkover against Tulane, but then redeemed himself by draining a pair in the revenge blowout against St. John’s. While Nate Lubick walked away from that evening with the meteorologically inspired sobriquet Thundersnow, perhaps that mantle should have been placed on Caprio’s shoulders, given his sudden scoring outburst.
Every team needs a human victory cigar, and in a season where the victories may be fewer than years gone by, it’ll be nice to see Caprio on the floor this year, whenever that happens.
Check back tomorrow for more previews of this year’s Hoyas.