On April 18th, Coach Jay Wright announced that guard Tony Chennault would be transferring from Villanova. Chennault transferred to Nova just a year ago from Wake Forest and was granted a hardship waiver allowing him to play immediately.
That is no longer the situation as Chennault decided yesterday that he will be returning to the Wildcats after all.
Chennault saw his role diminish at Villanova compared to what it was at Wake Forest. He went from averaging 9.0 points and over 30 minutes per game at Wake to just 3.6 points and 18.5 minutes per game at Nova. The decreased production and usage was due to the quick emergence of Ryan Arcidiacono.
Arcidiacono was a top prospect in the 2012 class, but he was coming off of back surgery. Also, a freshman point guard making the transition into the Big East doesn’t normally go so well, making Arcidiacono’s immediate impact even more surprising.
Chennault, the starting point guard at Wake Forest, was forced to come off the bench. The play of Darrun Hilliard alongside Arcidiacono at guard didn’t make it any easier for Chennault to get playing time.
Tony will likely be relegated to a similar role this upcoming season, but that doesn’t mean his production won’t improve. Villanova is coming off of a nice bounce back season and they will need the experience and senior leadership of a player like Chennault if they want to take the next step.