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.