Tony Chennault to transfer from Villanova after one season

Tony Chennault to transfer from Villanova after one season
April 18, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Tony Chennault has averaged 3.6 points per game since transferring to Villanova. (USA Today Images)

After just one season with Villanova, Tony Chennault is transferring again.

Per a statement released by the program on Thursday, Chennault will spend his senior year somewhere other than the Main Line.

“We are going to miss Tony,” head coach Jay Wright said. “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 the Nova Nation.”

Chennault arrived at Villanova as a transfer from Wake Forest last spring and received a hardship waiver in June, allowing him to play right away.

Assumed to be the team's starting point guard when he transferred, those duties fell to freshman Ryan Arcidiacono, who led the Wildcats in minutes (34) and assists (3.5) per game and was just named the Big 5's newcomer of the year.

Chennault, meanwhile, moved into a sixth-man role, averaging 3.6 points and 1.8 assists in 18 minutes off the bench.

Chennault is the second player to transfer from Villanova this month, with the other being seldom-used guard Achraf Yacoubou, who disappeared from Wright's rotation late in the season (see story).

Perhaps influencing Chennault's decision, point guard Dylan Ennis -- who transferred to Villanova from Rice shortly before Chennault -- will be eligible to play next season. Ennis has three years of eligibility remaining.

It's possible Chennault will decide to move down a level and play his final collegiate season in Division II, where he will not be forced to sit out a year.