As first reported by Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv, former Wake Forest guard Tony Chennault has decided to finish his collegiate career at Villanova.
The 6-2 guard from Philadelphia who played at Neumann Goretti High School averaged 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the Demon Deacons in 2011-12.
Chennault transferred to be closer to his mother, who is ill, and the hope is that he’ll qualify for a hardship waiver that will make him eligible to play immediately.
“His mom’s not the most well person in the world,” said Neumann Goretti head coach Carl Arrigale back in late March. “And sometimes when he comes home, I think it hits him.”
This is the second transfer to commit to Villanova this spring, with former Rice guard Dylan Ennis announcing his decision last month.
If Chennault is able to play immediately this gives a young Villanova backcourt a much-needed infusion of experience in light of Dominic Cheek and Maalik Wayns both going pro.
As it stands Villanova would have to lean heavily on sophomore Tyrone Johnson and incoming freshman Ryan Arcidiacono at the point if Chennault’s waiver request weren’t granted.
Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.
GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.
The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.
THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.
We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR
- Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
- Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
- Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
- Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
- No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
- No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.
It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.
And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.
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