Redshirt junior guard Dylan Ennis will be transferring out of Villanova. Ennis averaged 9.9 points per game, 3.7 boards per game, and 3.5 assists per game. He was named to the Big East All-Tournament Team this season.
Ennis joined the Wildcats in the summer of 2012 after spending his freshman season at Rice. He sat out one year per transferring rules and played his last two seasons on the Main Line. Ennis was a primary option off the bench before becoming a part of the starting lineup this past season.
“Dylan is interested in finding a program that will allow him to play the role of a traditional point guard so he can be the primary ball-handler,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in a statement. “We support Dylan and thank him for all of his efforts as a student and athlete at Villanova.”
He plans on graduating at the end of the semester and then transfer out. There is no word yet on where he will go. The Wildcats will miss his high-energy perimeter defense and the hustle he provided on both ends of the court. However, his departure may not be the worst thing ever.
With McDonald’s All-American Jalen Brunson and fellow guard Donte DiVincenzo coming this Fall, there will certainly be increased competition for minutes at the guard positions. Phil Booth had an excellent freshman season and will look to earn some more playing time. Josh Hart will most likely be a part of the starting five next season, joining Villanova’s premier point guard Ryan Arcidiacono.
So maybe it works out for both sides. Ennis’ departure will help solve the congestion of guards next season and he will be able to go where he becomes the leading point guard. He will be eligible to play immediately.