Villanova continues to replenish their backcourt after losing senior guard Darrun Hilliard, who led the Wildcats last season in scoring with 14.3 points per game. They also say goodbye to current junior guard Dylan Ennis, who has decided to transfer from Nova, after averaging 9.9 points per game this year.
In addition to incoming freshmen guards, Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo, the Wildcats have added 2015 Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Year, Eric Paschall. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound guard from Dobbs Ferry, New York, led Fordham in scoring last season with 15.9 points per game, which ranked him fourth among D1 freshman. He did more than just score baskets for the Rams adding 5.5 rebounds per game, which helped him achieve A-10 Rookie of the Week twice during the 2014-2015 season.
Paschall’s decision to transfer was a result of the firing of head coach Tom Pecora, after he posted a 44-106 record in five seasons. He was replaced by Jeff Neubauer.
He ultimately decided to enroll at Nova for his sophomore season, where head coach Jay Wright has been at the helm since 2001. Paschall also considered Florida, Providence and Kansas, as well as staying put at Fordham.
The former four star high school recruit will have to sit out the 2015-2016 season, due to NCAA transfer restrictions, but will have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns for the 2016-2017 season.
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