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Villanova Basketball: 4 Biggest Takeaways from Wildcats' Offseason so Far

Joe TanseyFeatured Columnist IVAugust 13, 2016

Villanova Basketball: 4 Biggest Takeaways from Wildcats' Offseason so Far

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    It has been just over two months since the Villanova Wildcats were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by North Carolina, and there have plenty of storylines to follow since that occurred. 

    From a coach being briefly mentioned in talks about vacant jobs to a new commitment in recruiting, the 2013-14 edition of the Villanova Wildcats has begun to take shape. 

    Here is a look at the four biggest takeaways from the offseason so far.

Tony Chennault's Decision-Making

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    Right after the season ended, guard Tony Chennault announced he would transfer away from Villanova during the offseason. 

    Just a few weeks later, Chennault backtracked on his statement and decided to play his senior season on the Main Line.

    With the Neumann-Goretti High School graduate back in the fold for the upcoming season, the Wildcats' depth at the guard position will not be a concern. 

Achraf Yacoubou Will Not Be Back

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    While Chennault may be staying on the Main Line, guard Achraf Yacoubou stayed true to his decision as he left the program for good. 

    Yacoubou's decision-making process did not take long, as he announced over the weekend that he will be playing in the Atlantic 10 with Saint Louis.

    Yacoubou's decision to transfer was the right one for all parties involved, as he would not have seen much playing time next season with three established guards in front of him on the depth chart. 

Commitment of Darryl Reynolds Is a Huge Boost to Front Line

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    A month after Villanova's season ended, they earned a third commitment for the incoming freshman class.

    Reynolds, who graduated from Lower Merion High School in 2012, spent a year at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts. 

    Reynolds, who stands at 6'8", will be a welcome addition to the team after the departure of center Mouphtaou Yarou. 

    Reynolds will get a chance to compete for the starting center position along with Daniel Ochefu, which should be the most compelling position battle heading into the season. 

Jay Wright Is Going Nowhere

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    When some of the biggest head coaching jobs in college basketball became vacant during the end of March, Jay Wright's name was tossed around quite a bit.

    The good news for Wright and the Wildcats is that he did not move across the country to take charge of UCLA, which was the job he was linked with in March. 

    With Wright going nowhere, he will be able to continue his legacy at Villanova and possibly cement his spot in Big Five lore depending on how this current group of players jells together next season. 

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