Villanova Basketball: Breaking Down Every Addition and Departure

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMay 2, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 22:  Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats consoles Mouphtaou Yarou #13 of the Villanova Wildcats in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 22, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. North Carolina won 78-71. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Villanova Wildcats may not have a ton of attention on them during the offseason, but they are still making headlines locally will their moves.

The Wildcats were expected to bring in a crop of talented freshman, but what was unexpected were the transfers announced by a duo of underclassmen. 

Here is a look at the incoming and outgoing players at Villanova this offseason.


Kris Jenkins, PF

The best player coming into Villanova next season is Kris Jenkins, who will be graduating from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., in the next month. 

According to ESPN, Jenkins is a 4-star recruit and he is ranked 73rd in the ESPN 100.

Jenkins averaged 18.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in the regular season for Gonzaga College High School. Those two statistics in particular showcase exactly why Jenkins could make an impact in his first year at Villanova.

Jenkins will be a valuable addition to the Wildcats roster, and he could easily work his way into the starting lineup by the time Big East play begins.

Josh Hart, SF

The other recruit entering Villanova from the Washington, D.C., metro area is Josh Hart, who will be coming to Philadelphia from Sidwell Friends School in D.C. 

Hart is ranked 92nd in the ESPN 100, and just like Jenkins, he is a 4-star recruit. 

Hart averaged over 20 points per game in his final high school season and will bring with him to Villanova a motor that has defined him throughout his prep career. 

All of the qualities that have been used to describe Hart make up the perfect description for a sixth man of the year, which is the role that Hart may grow into quite well next season. 

Darryl Reynolds, PF

The latest addition to the Villanova roster for the 2013-14 season was Philadelphia area native Darryl Reynolds, who officially committed to the Wildcats on Tuesday (via 

Reynolds does stand tall in the paint at 6'8", but he is just 215 pounds and will have to bulk up a bit to get ready for the rough Big East schedule next season.

Reynolds should accompany Daniel Ochefu in the role of replacing the graduating Mouphtaou Yarou at center. 


Mouphtaou Yarou, C

The departure that will affect the Wildcats the most is the one of graduating center Mouphtaou Yarou. 

Yarou was the leading rebounder for the Wildcats last season with 7.8 rebounds per game, and he was also their main presence in the paint. 

Yarou was also one of the leaders on the team, as he was the only contributing senior to last year's squad. 

With Yarou leaving Villanova, Reynolds and sophomore Daniel Ochefu will have to fill the big void left open by Yarou's graduation. 

Tony Chennault, G

Tony Chennault was one of the newest players on the Villanova roster last season after transferring in from Wake Forest, and he will once again be leaving the school he was at (per Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports). 

Chennault was not a key contributor to the Wildcats last season, as he averaged 3.6 points per game in 18.6 minutes per game. 

Achraf Yacoubou, G

The second guard transferring out of Villanova during the offseason is Achraf Yacoubou, who played even less than Chennault did last season (via 

Yacoubou played in a minimal role for the Wildcats at the guard position last season with the trio of Ryan Arcidiacono, James Bell and Darrun Hilliard all having strong seasons in front of him. 

With Yacoubou and Chennault leaving the program, the Wildcats may need another bench player to up and play a minimal amount of minutes next season behind the already strong trio that is sure to thrive for another season. 

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