Ennis broke his hand and will hopefully have a fast and smooth recovery.
He sat out last season, but previously played for Rice. He averaged 8.5 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game and 4.1 assists per game in the 2011-12 season. He also shot 35.4 percent from behind the arc and made 29 threes in the process.
Ennis was not going to lead the team in scoring or anything like that, but he would have been one of the more talented players coming off of the bench. The Wildcats will live without him, but his return will be big for the team.
Villanova is returning a bunch of starters from last season’s team, but none more important than JayVaughn Pinkston. Pinkston averaged 13.3 points per game and five rebounds per game last year.
The Wildcats need to have a successful outing during their non-conference schedule–just like any team–but conference play will make or break their season. Having Ennis back by then will be very important, but that should be the case since Villanova does not start Big East play until Dec. 31.
The Big East will play tough once again, but Villanova has the talent to win the conference title and should finish no worse than fifth in the conference standings. We will just have to wait and see if that will actually happen, though.
The team opens up the season against Lafayette on Nov. 8.