NCAA Grants Tony Chennault A Hardship Waiver

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10: Tony Chennault #1 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons shoots against Corey Raji #11 of the Boston College Eagles during the second half of the game in the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 10, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tony Chennault, who recently announced his intention to transfer from Wake Forest to Villanova, received some good news from the NCAA today as his request for a hardship waiver was granted. Chennault, a Philadelphia native, primarily transferred back up north to be closer to his family, in particular his mother, who has been facing health issues.

"The Chennault family has been dealing with so much this year," stated head coach Jay Wright. "Tony’s mom has faced health issues and his brother, Mike Jay, died tragically earlier this month. We are grateful that the NCAA has taken these unique circumstances into account and I know Tony is excited about the opportunity to be on the court with us next season."

The waiver means that Chennault will immediately be eligible to play for 'Nova in the 2012-2013 season, a big boost for a team that lost backcourt tandem Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek to the NBA Draft. Chennault will have 2 seasons of eligibility remaining.

Chennault should be able to compete for a starting spot, and it would be no surprise to see him there on opening night.

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