For a player that was figured by many to be the odd man out of Villanova's starting rotation, Dylan Ennis has done his best to put the argument to bed. After struggling mightily during the second half of his sophomore season, the red-shirt junior now appears to be one of the Wildcat's most consistent options on both ends of the ball; he's reached double-digits in scoring in five of six contests. His efforts have picked up the attention of both local and conference authorities.
Ennis earned a place on the Big East Honor Roll and won Big 5 Player of the Week in large part for his key performance in Villanova's statement win over Big Ten foe Michigan. In addition to pacing the Wildcats with 15 points and 3-6 shooting from deep, he made some serious noise with a monstrous, albeit only the game's second-most impactful, block on 6'9" forward DJ Wilson. When all was said and done in Brooklyn, Ennis found himself leaving with a championship trophy in one hand and tournament MVP honors in the other. An all-around solid 10 point, 5 rebound, 4 assist, 2 steal afternoon against the Delaware Blue Hens on Sunday sealed his place on the Honor Roll.
Villanova fans can only hope that this new look, highly confident guard continues his strong play for the rest of the calendar year and into Big East conference competition.
The remainder of the Big East Awards list can be found below:
Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall, G, Jr.
Gibbs averaged 25.5 points in a 2-0 week and was named MVP of the Paradise Jam. In the final against Illinois State, Gibbs scored a career-high 40 points. He shot 10-of-14 from the floor, 7-of-9 from 3-point range and 13-of-13 from the foul line. He also had an 11-point effort in a 58-54 win against George Washington.
BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Duane Wilson, Marquette, G, Fr.
Wilson helped Marquette finish third in the Old Spice Classic and post a 3-1 record for the week. He averaged 17.3 points, which included a 30-point performance in a 67-59 win over Tennessee in the third-place game.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Kellen Dunham, Butler, G, Jr.
Made the All-Tournament Team at the Battle4Atlantis after averaging 14.7 points and helping defeat North Carolina and Georgetown.
Myke Henry, DePaul, F, Jr.
Averaged 25.5 points and shot 61.8 percent from the field in a 1-1 week. The victory was an 87-72 win over Stanford.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown, G,Jr.
Averaged 19.3 points at the Battle4Atlantis and made the winning basket to beat No. 18/16 Florida.
D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s, G, Sr.
Averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals in a win versus Minnesota and a loss to No. 10/8 Gonzaga.
Dylan Ennis, Villanova, G, Jr.
Was named MVP of the Legends Classic and had 15 points in the final in the win over No. 19/18 Michigan.