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Former Villanova guard headed to Oregon for final season

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One of the top remaining players on the graduate student market has picked his next school. Dylan Ennis, a key contributor at Villanova in each of the last two seasons, has decided that he’ll use his final season of eligibility at Oregon as first reported by

Ennis, who will be eligible to play immediately for the Ducks, picked the Pac-12 school over Baylor and Illinois.

Ennis started all 36 games for the Big East champions in 2014-15, averaging 9.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 28.1 minutes per game. Prior to this two seasons at Villanova, Ennis played his freshman season at Rice before deciding to transfer. As a graduate student who sat out the 2012-13 season per NCAA transfer rules, Ennis will be eligible to play immediately for Dana Altman’s Ducks.

Oregon, which won 26 games and reached the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament last season, has some young talent back on the perimeter but has to account for the loss of Pac-12 Player of the Year Joseph Young. Young was key for the Ducks as both a scorer and distributor, averaging 20.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, and Ennis can help Oregon account for Young’s departure.

Ennis joins a backcourt that will include rising sophomores Casey Benson and Ahmaad Rorie and incoming freshmen Tyler Dorsey and Kendall Small. In transferring from Villanova, Ennis expressed a desire to spend more time on the basketball, and with Oregon’s youth on the perimeter he should get the opportunity to do so.