Press release below; Chennault and Ennis both are allowed to play immediately as the NCAA granted them hardship waivers
June 1, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A pair of accomplished backcourt players have transferred to Villanova, it was officially announced today. Tony Chennault, a Philadelphia native who played two seasons at Wake Forest University, and Dylan Ennis, a Brampton, Ontario, native, who played his freshman season at Rice University in 2011-12, are now Wildcats.
Meanwhile, it was also announced that 6-9 Markus Kennedy, who played the 2011-12 season at Villanova, is leaving VU so that he may transfer to another university.
Chennault is an alumnus of Philadelphia's Neumann-Goretti High School who announced in April his intention to transfer from Wake Forest to be closer to his family. The 6-2 guard was the 2009-10 Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year and ranks as Neumann-Goretti's second leading all-time scorer. He started all 31 games for the Demon Deacons in 2011-12, averaging 9.0 points and 2.8 assists per outing.
"Tony is a great Philadelphia guard who comes from a family of outstanding basketball players," stated Wright. "We have known Tony and his family for a long time and he was well taught by Carl Arrigale at Neumann-Goretti. We are very excited about his future as a Wildcat and happy to welcome another Philly guard to Villanova."
Chennault retains two seasons of college eligibility.
Ennis averaged 8.5 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Owls in 2011-12. He also established a new school record for assists by a freshman with 144 and was selected to Conference USA's All-Rookie team. Ennis came to Rice from Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy and was listed as one of the top 30 senior guards by ESPN in 2011.
"Dylan is coming off a very productive freshman season at Rice University," stated Wright. "He has the skill and work ethic to develop into an outstanding Villanova guard. He also brings sound fundamentals to our team, which is a credit to his high school coach Matt Vaughn. We are thrilled that Dylan is joining our basketball family."
Ennis will have three seasons of eligibility at Villanova.
Chennault and Ennis began taking summer classes at Villanova this week.
Kennedy, a native of Philadelphia, appeared in 31 games for the Wildcats in 2011-12 and earned three starting assignments. He averaged 3.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 14.8 minutes per contest in his first season at the collegiate level.
"Markus has been a valued member of our basketball family," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "We wish him the best in his new endeavor."