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Dylan Ennis gets NCAA petition approved, will suit up for Ducks in 2016-17

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The Oregon men’s basketball team already looked to have a talented squad next year, even if Dylan Ennis wasn’t coming back. Now, Oregon’s odds for the 2016-17 season look even better after Ennis received an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA.

Ennis joined the Ducks last season after transferring from Villanova, but was sidelined for much of the season with a foot injury. Ennis, who played just 21 minutes during the season, didn’t have a redshirt to burn, so he had to go to the NCAA to petition for an extra year.

After a process that lasted several months, Ennis finally got the news he was hoping to hear on Friday, learning of his status through a text message from Oregon compliance staff member Bill Clever.

Ennis will likely be the starting point guard next season for the Ducks, who are coming off their first appearance in the Elite Eight in nearly a decade. This move might make the Ducks not only a favorite to win the Pac-12, but a popular pick to make another deep run in next year’s NCAA tournament.