Sean Kilpatrick is a junior for the Cincinnati Bearcats who is turning into one of the best all-around guards in the Big East Conference. Kilpatrick has always been able to put the ball in the bucket at any time. Now, Kilpatrick has become a very good basketball player in many facets of the game which is why he was named to the Preseason All-Big East Team.
Kilpatrick started his career being redshirted by Mick Cronin which was unusual because he was such a talented player and a big recruit. But the move was beneficial because Kilpatrick was able to gain a year of experience without wasting a year of eligibility playing behind now NBA guard Lance Stephenson and two veterans Rashad Bishop and Deonta Vaughn. There were many questions about Kilpatrick’s “awkward” shot release back then which we can all laugh at now.
Patience has paid off for the talented Kilpatrick and he is a proven big-time collegiate player. As a freshman, Kilpatrick lead UC in three-point % and was second on the team in three-pointers made. Last season as a sophomore Kilpatrick led the Big East in three-pointers made and earned Second Team All-Big East honors. This season Kilpatrick is improving and looks to accomplish more.
The 6’4 guard has led the Bearcats to a 19-7 record and had UC ranked as high as No. 8 in the country earlier in the year. He is 4th in scoring in the Big East averaging 18.0 points per game and is second in three point field goals made with 2.62 per game. Kilpatrick has been on a tear recently leading Cincinnati in scoring in seven of their last eight contests while being the game’s highest scorer in six of those games. During this stretch, Kilpatrick has averaged nearly 20 points per game, a team-high 23 three pointers made and a team-best in steals with nine. He is also showing that he can do more than score by averaging nearly 5.5 rebounds per contest. Kilpatrick had a career-best game on January 19 against Marquette when he netted a career-high 36 points on 11-of-23 shooting with five three-pointers during the win. He set a school record for points scored in a Big East contest and also hit the game-winning basket with 4.3 seconds left.
Recently, Kilpatrick has been named to the Midseason Top 25 John R. Wooden List. His total improvements and his great scoring ability make him one of the best players in the Big East and the country. The Bearcats, led by Kilpatrick, want to get back to the NCAA regional semifinals as last year and beyond. While the Bearcats look for more consistency in winning, they know they have a consistent guard every night to lead them.
Big East Power Rankings
1. Syracuse 2. Georgetown 3.Pittsburgh 4. Louisville 5. Notre Dame 6. Marquette 7. Cincinnati 8. Connecticut 9. St. John’s 10. Villanova 11. Providence 12. Rutgers 13. Seton Hall 14. DePaul 15. USF
John Cavaliere is a Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball and covers the Big East. Thanks to news.cincinnati.com for the photo.