'Nova's Ennis out 4 weeks with fractured hand

'Nova's Ennis out 4 weeks with fractured hand

Wright's expectations are high for the Wildcats this season

October 25, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Villanova point guard Dylan Ennis, who sat out last season after transferring from Rice, is out at least four weeks with a fractured right hand. (USA Today Images)

After waiting all last season, it looks like Dylan Ennis is going to have to wait a little longer to start his career as a Wildcat.

Villanova announced Friday that Ennis has a fractured bone in right (shooting) hand. Ennis will be out for at least four weeks, at which time he will be re-evaluated.

The 6-foot-2 point guard transferred to Villanova in the spring of 2012 after spending his freshman year at Rice and was required to sit out the 2012-13 season as a result. Ennis averaged 8.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his lone college season. The redshirt sophomore has three years of eligibility remaining.

“We’re disappointed for Dylan because we know how excited he was about being out there with his teammates,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said. “But we know that Dylan will work hard during this time so that he is ready to help us as soon as his injury has healed.”

Ennis was expected to be the primary backup to Ryan Arcidiacono, but those duties likely now revert to senior Tony Chennault, who transferred to Villanova from Wake Forest within weeks of Ennis back in 2012.

Chennault, who figures to see fewer minutes and play off the ball in a crowded Villanova backcourt, actually announced his intent to transfer this past April, but later decided to stay with the program.

The Wildcats open their season Nov. 8 vs. Lafayette.

Given Ennis' current timeline, if all goes well, he could be available by the time Villanova travels to the Bahamas to play in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, which begins Nov. 28.