Italian-American professional basketball player Ryan Curran Arcidiacono now plays for the New York Knicks of the NBA (NBA). To his fans he is known as “The Arch of Dimes,” and he has competed on the world stage for Italy. At Neshaminy High School, where he was a junior, he led the team to the PIAA playoffs with an average of 20.4 points per game and 5.6 rebounds.
The Big East Conference recognized him as a rising star by selecting him to its All-Rookie Team while he was a freshman at Villanova. As a junior, Arcidiacono shared the league’s Most Valuable Player title. Arcidiacono was a key contributor to Villanova’s 2016 national championship squad, earning Most Outstanding Player honors and assisting on the game-winning basket by Kris Jenkins in overtime.
On Saturday, the New York Knicks made public their decision to re-sign point guard Ryan Arcidiacono. The club has been coy about the details of the contract. During his 10 games played for the Knicks that season, Arcidiacono contributed an average of 1.6 points and 0.4 assists. This will be his sixth year playing in the NBA.
Perhaps the 28-year-old came back to New York because of the city’s proximity to his alma university. At Villanova, he started every game for four years and played point guard alongside Jalen Brunson in his senior year.
The former Wildcats head coach, Jay Wright, told USA Today’s Nicole Auerbach in 2016 that “Arch had the most impact on the recruitment of Jalen” when they were out doing their recruiting. “Arch’s room was where Jalen stayed when he came during his recruiting tour. We reserved a hotel room for him, but he ended up spending the night at Arch’s space instead.”
Both on and off the court, the two became fast friends. Brunson told NBC Sports Philadelphia in 2016 that having a friend who “had been through it” made his life much simpler. “It’s like if Ryan were my older brother. He should be looked up to as an example. Every action he takes is guided by a deep sense of meaning for him. In fact, I look up to him as a model citizen.”
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In preparation for the upcoming season, the Knicks have a deep roster of guards. They brought in Brunson to start at point guard, and young players like Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes have shown promise.
Arcidiacono, who shoots 37.4 percent from deep, may be able to help with that in a pinch. With him around, Brunson should have an easier time settling in with his new team and dealing with the pressure that comes with a $104 million, four-year contract.
Chicago Bulls, the team for whom Arcidiacono competed in the 2017 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, signed him to a two-way deal. Because of this, Arcidiacono would spend most of the season playing for the Windy City Bulls, Chicago’s G League affiliate.
Also, he made history by signing the first two-way contract with the team. Arcidiacono averaged 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 8.6 assists per game for the Bulls after seeing little action with the Chicago Bulls. While playing for the Chicago Bulls in the 2018 NBA Summer League, he averaged 7.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and four assists per contest.
Arcidiacono joined the Bulls on a basic contract on July 31, 2018. He had a career night with eight assists and eight points in the season opener on October 18 against the Philadelphia 76ers. When three regulars went down with injuries at the beginning of the year, he saw more action. Arcidiacono recorded a career-high 22 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals against the San Antonio Spurs on November 26, 2018 (a 107-108 loss).
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