Villanova announces guard Tony Chennault will transfer

Guard Tony Chennault, who transferred to Villanova a year ago and was allowed to play right away after being granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA, has decided to transfer out of the university, coach Jay Wright said Thursday.

Chennault, who is from Philadelphia and played at Neumann-Goretti High School, played in all 34 of Villanova’s games last season, averaging 3.6 points and 18.5 minutes, After struggling earlier in the season, he provided a spark as Villanova’s sixth man, handling the basketball and defending.

“We are going to miss Tony,” Wright said in a statement. “He was a major part of our run to the NCAA tournament last season. We respect Tony’s decision and he will always be a part of Nova Nation.”

Dylan Ennis, a transfer from Rice who sat out this past season but practiced with the team, is expected to see significant action at point guard next season, joining holdover starters Ryan Arcidiacono and Darrun Hilliard in the backcourt rotation.

Chennault played his first two seasons at Wake Forest but transferred because of his mother’s illness and received the NCAA hardship waiver. After the waiver was approved, his older brother was killed in a shooting in North Philadelphia.

Chennault would have to sit out a year if he transferred to another Division I school. With one year of eligibility remaining, he is believed to be considering a Division II or Division III program. He is expected to complete the spring semester at Villanova.

--Joe Juliano