Villanova Basketball Preview 2013: Tony Chennault

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As we creep closer to the exhibition game vs. West Chester, we will be previewing the roster on a player-by-player basis. Next up is the Senior Point Guard from Philly.

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

High School: Neumann-Goretti

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 195

2012-13 Stat Line

MIN FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% RPG APG BPG SPG PF TO PPG
630 44 124 35.5% 7 25 28% 26 42 61% 1.8 1.5 0 0.9 2.4 1.4 3.6

Career

Year School MIN FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% RPG APG BPG STL PF TO PTS
2013 Villanova 630 44 124 35.5% 7 25 28% 26 42 61 1.8 1.5 0 0.9 2.4 1.4 3.6
2012 Wake Forest
936 99 247 40.1% 12 48 25% 68 105 64 3.2 2.8 0 1.0 2.8 2.2 9.0
2011 Wake Forest
262 26 87 29.2% 2 14 14.3% 13 23 56 2.5 1.9 0 0.4 2.6 2.4 4.5

2012-13 must have been a let-down for Chennault, who expected to come to Villanova with a chance to start immediately and perhaps even star for the Wildcats. Instead, he played the role of a reserve guard, backing up the freshman Ryan Arcidiacono. After the season ended, he briefly considered another transfer to play at a third school, but ultimately opted to finish his college eligibility on the Main Line.

This season, things may not change much with Arcidiacono back and the addition of Dylan Ennis to the backcourt as well. Chennault struggled last season, partially with the transition to Villanova and largely with respect to the troubles of his mother's illness and brother's death before last season.

It might have been better for the senior guard to have sat out last season, but Villanova needed an experienced point guard after losing it's starting backcourt from 2011-12. So, instead of sitting and learning anew, Chennault played.

Best Case Scenario: Villanova sees the return of the Chennault who played 936 minutes at Wake Forest in 2011-12 and averaged 9 points and 2.8 assists as a sophomore. That Chennault would provide a boost to the Villanova offense and likely earn a bigger role than the reserve status that he held last season.

Worst Case Scenario: With Arcidiacono ensconced as the starting PG, Chennault sees similar minutes as a senior and never really gets into a groove. His statistics stay about the same and he serves the role of elder statesman more than hardwood star.

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The Wisdom of Crowds Returns

We are pleased to bring back our Wisdom of Crowds experiment for the 2013-2014 season. In this series, we ask that you consider the points raised in our player preview and your own personal insights and instincts to predict the points per game each scholarship player on the roster we score in the upcoming season.

What do you think the upcoming season holds for Tony? Use the voting buttons below to predict the points per game you think he will score this year. We'd love to understand your thinking, so try to post a comment to tell us how you arrived at your prediction.

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