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Chennault's leadership helps Villanova

Villanova´s Tony Chennault. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Villanova's Tony Chennault. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Senior guard Tony Chennault has provided leadership for Villanova whether he is on the court or off.

In his second year at Villanova after transferring from Wake Forest, the Neumann-Goretti product is averaging 15.6 minutes for the 24-3 Wildcats, who are ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll.

Chennault admits that not playing big minutes as a senior can be tough.

"Sometimes it can get difficult, but when you are around a bunch of great teammates, they always keep me motivated," he said. "Sacrifice is something [coach Jay Wright] preaches, and sometimes you have to sacrifice for the betterment of the team."

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  • Chennault, who is one of the top team's top defenders, is averaging 2.9 points and is third on the team with 52 assists. Wright has admired how Chennault has accepted his role and excelled in it.

    "That is the hardest thing for any player to do, not knowing how many minutes he will get, when he is coming in and out and to still be effective," Wright said.

    Chennault looks to make the most of his minutes, especially on defense.

    "I want to go in there and set the tone and make an impact when I am in the game," he said.

    His selfless attitude has set a positive tone.

    "He has just done everything you need to do as a winner," Wright said. "Our guys know it and we really value it."

    - Marc Narducci

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