Tony Chennault has 'change of heart,' stays at Villanova

Tony Chennault has 'change of heart,' stays at Villanova
May 7, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Three weeks after being granted his release to transfer, rising senior Tony Chennault has decided to stay at Villanova.

“Our basketball family is happy that Tony has had a change of heart and decided that he wants to complete his college career and graduate from Villanova,” head coach Jay Wright said in a statement.

Chennault arrived at Villanova via transfer from Wake Forest last spring and received a hardship waiver in June. The then-junior was widely assumed to be the team's starting point guard upon transfer but became the Wildcats' sixth man when freshman Ryan Arcidiacono took over the offense instead.

Chennault played in all 34 games for Villanova, averaging 3.6 points and 1.8 assists in 18 minutes per game off the bench, while Arcidiacono led the team in minutes (34), assists (3.5) and was named Big 5 newcomer of the year.

When he was granted his release on April 18, it was expected Chennault would move down to Division II, so he wouldn't have to sit out a season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.

But he now returns to a Villanova backcourt featuring Arcidiacono, James Bell, Darrun Hilliard, Rice transfer Dylan Ennis and incoming freshman Josh Hart.

Buried behind those names, sophomore guard Achraf Yacoubou was granted his release to leave Villanova on April 2.

Chennault is the second Big 5 player in the last week to return to his program after being granted a release to transfer, joining La Salle's D.J. Peterson.

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