Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
High School: Neumann-Goretti
Despite being a local product, Chennault looked beyond the local basketball institutions and left the Philadelphia area to attend Wake Forest out of high school. Chennault found immediate playing time for the Deacs in his freshman season, and then saw his minutes (and production) nearly double during his sophomore campaign for a bad Wake Forest team.
Chennault requested and was granted a transfer this past summer, seeking to move closer to home to be with his ailing mother. He found a home at Villanova and was granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA, allowing him to play right away. Villanova was a fit because he already had a good relationship with Jay Wright because of his earlier recruitment. However, tragedy struck in the summer when his brother was slain on the streets of Philly.
Chennault has 2 years of eligibility remaining and will look to immediately step into a starting role in the 'Nova backcourt. Jay Wright has referred to Chennault as a tough guard, and a true leader. Strong words from the coach are only going to raise expectations for Chennault in his maiden campaign on the Main Line.
Best Case Scenario: Chennault starts in the Wildcats backcourt and becomes one of the leaders of the team, providing stability, strong defense, and the leadership that this team desperately needs from its veteran players.
Worst Case Scenario: What Chennault lacks (athleticism, shooting) shines brighter than what he does bring to the table and he's widely viewed as a transfer bust, leading to speculation that Jay Wright may have made another bad transfer gamble.
Ed's Wisdom of Crowds experiment is back for the 2012-2013 season. Following each of our previews we will be sampling the VUHoops community on the projected performances of the Villanova roster for the upcoming season.
Bleacher Report predicts Chennault will score 10.0 PPG and "most likely start alongside Ty Johnson in the Villanova backcourt. Never a star at Wake Forest, Chennault is looking to rejuvenate his collegiate career in his hometown city."
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