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James Ennis

  • Full Name: James Ennis
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 201
  • Birthdate: July 1, 1990
  • College: Long Beach State
Atlanta Hawks (Traded to Miami Heat on draft night) Round 2: Pick 50

- James Ennis Sprinting Way Toward NBA Career 

- Versatile stat sheet stuffer
- Length
- Great leaper
- High basketball IQ
- NBA 3-point range
- Good free-throw shooter

- Has been turnover prone
- Ball-handling could improve
- Needs to get bigger and stronger

NBA projection
After a solid showing at the Portsmouth Invitational, Ennis was projected by some draft analysts as a late first-round pick. His length, athleticism and versatile skill set will make him a valuable reserve at the beginning of his career. The fact he can guard multiple positions is a major plus.

2012-13 Season
Ennis was voted the Big West Conference player of the year and was also a first-team all-conference pick after leading Long Beach State in scoring and rebounding and guiding the 49ers to the NIT. He was invited to the Slam Dunk Contest at the Final Four.

Key statistics
16.5 ppg | 6.7 rpg | 2.1 apg | 3.0 tpg | 1.7 spg | 1.3 bpg | 33.1 mpg | .491 FG | .357 3PT | .834 FT

Cool statistic
Ennis ranked among the top 10 in the Big West in eight statistics: scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage, steals, blocked shots, defensive rebounds and minutes played.

Reminds me of...
Jimmy Butler

What Insiders Say
Long Beach State coach Dan Monson
“If he gets to the NBA it’s because he worked harder than other guys.”

What Outsiders Say
Arizona coach Sean Miller
"Very talented scorer who can do it a lot of different ways."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.