Why recruit when you can just build your program around transfers? That seems to be the case with Dana Altman as the Ducks landed another transfer on Wednesday afternoon. Villanova guard Dylan Ennis confirmed he was transferring to Oregon for the 2015/16 season. Ennis will be eligible to play immediately.
Ennis was also considering Illinois and Baylor, but chose Oregon in the end.
The 6-2 guard, a native of Brampton, ON, started all 36 games for the Wildcats last season while averaging 9.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 28.1 minutes per game. Ennis will likely be Oregon's starting point guard next season, a position they've needed some help at.
Ennis expressed that he wanted to go to a school where he could play the role of a traditional point guard in order to get more time on the ball. While Casey Benson had some promising moments last year, he's only a sophomore, and this gives Benson an opportunity to grow under Ennis and be ready to take over during his junior year.
Ennis began his college career at Rice before transferring to Villanova, sitting out the 2012/13 season as a result. This year, Ennis played almost 12 minutes more per game than in his first season on the court with the Wildcats, becoming a key part of the Villanova squad that finished the year 33-3 and earned a No. 1 overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Ennis also becomes the latest Canadian to suit up for the Ducks alongside Dillon Brooks, also from Ontario. In recent years, Altman has had several talented Canadians on his roster, including Devoe Joseph and Olu Ashaolu, both also from Ontario.
Suddenly, with Ennis plus the arrival of 5-star guard Tyler Dorsey, the Ducks seem poised for another run at the NCAA tournament next season, even after the departure of Joseph Young.
Altman doesn't rebuild, he just reloads.