Villanova guard Ennis breaks hand in practice

Posted: October 27, 2013

VILLANOVA GUARD Dylan Ennis had to sit out last season after transferring from Rice.

Coach Jay Wright was counting on the sophomore to finally help what projected to be a deep backcourt rotation for the Wildcats this season. Now, they will have to wait some more before Ennis, one of four newcomers, can contribute to a team that was picked to finish fourth in the new 10-team Big East Conference.

Ennis, who averaged 8.5 points a game in 2011-12 and set a Wildcats freshman record for assists (144), suffered a fracture of the third metacarpal bone in his right (shooting) hand Thursday in practice. He is expected to be re-evaluated in 4 weeks, but sources familiar with the situation think he probably will be out at least a little longer than that.

"We're disappointed for Dylan, because we know how excited he was to be out there with his teammates," Wright said in a statement. "But we know he will work hard during this time, so he is ready to help as soon as the injury is healed."

The Wildcats open on Nov. 8 against Lafayette at the Pavilion, the first of seven games in the opening month. One of them could be the day after Thanksgiving against Kansas and much-heralded freshman Andrew Wiggins in the second round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. Villanova's first conference game is New Year's Eve at Butler, one of the Big East's three new teams.

Wright had figured to go with a lineup of three or even four guards, especially now that Mouphtaou Yarou is gone. So, for the time being, that means some combination of sophomore Ryan Arcidiacono, sophomore Darrun Hilliard, seniors James Bell and Tony Chennault and freshman Josh Hart.

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