Dylan Ennis is transferring... again. Ennis, who originally attended Rice University, transferred to Villanova during the spring of 2012. After spending the previous two seasons with Nova, he has decided to move to Eugene, Oregon and become a Duck.
The 6-foot-2 guard, is a good perimeter defender and was a big part of Nova’s successful campaign in the 2015 Big East tournament. He averaged 9.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists during his senior year and started in 36 games for coach Jay Wright.
Ryan Arcidiacono’s decision to return for his senior year factored into Ennis’ decision. Reports have surfaced that he wanted to be the primary ball handler for the team. Also, the rise of Philadelphia Big Five Rookie of the Year, Phil Booth, who averaged 5.8 points per game last season, made it difficult for Ennis to find time at the point guard position. If Arcidiacono’s decision to stay put or Booth’s stellar freshman season did not scare away Ennis from returning to the guard dominant program, Jalen Brunson’s arrival sealed the deal.
Oregon head coach Dana Altman has had great success with previous transfers. Just last year, senior guard Joseph Young, who transferred from the University of Houston before the 2013 season, led the Ducks in scoring with 20.7 points per game and to a round of 32 appearance against Division 1 NCAA basketball championship runner-up Wisconsin. In addition to being the primary ball handler for the Ducks, Ennis will be a mentor for incoming freshman guards Tyler Dorsey (No. 38 in ESPN 100) and Kendall Small (No. 90 in ESPN 100).
After Ennis graduates from Villanova on May 16th, he will officially be a college graduate and will not have to sit out next season for Oregon.
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