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Tyler Ennis

  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-3 / 182
  • Birthdate: 08/24/1994
  • College: Syracuse
Round 1: Pick 18
Drafted By: Phoenix Suns 
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Great court vision and awareness
  • Clutch performer
  • Great handle
  • Excellent passer
  • Excellent assist-to-turnover ratio
  • Shoots well enough to keep defenses honest

 

Weaknesses

  • Not an elite athlete
  • Has to get stronger
  • Has to convert in the paint more often
  • How will he handle playing man-to-man D?

 

NBA projection: Ennis has been projected as a lottery pick by most draft analysts.

 

2013-14 Season

Ennis piled up a career’s worth of awards in his only season of college basketball, earning second-team All-America, All-ACC second team, All-ACC Defensive team, All-ACC Freshman team and All-America Freshman team honors. He was finalist for three major awards: The Naismith, Tisdale and Cousy. His impact on a team that finished 28-6 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament was dramatic -- Ennis scored or assisted on 40.5 percent of Syracuse’s baskets.

 

Key statistics: 12.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.5 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.7 tpg, 35.7 mpg, .411 FG, .353 3PT, .765 FT

 

Cool statistic: Ennis was the first freshman in ACC history to lead the league in assists and steals.

 

Reminds me of: George Hill

 

What Insiders Say

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim

“Without a doubt the smartest point guard I’ve had as a freshman, and probably the best in pressure situations of any freshman point guard I’ve had. He replaced a first-round draft pick [Michael Carter-Williams] and never missed a beat.”

 

What Outsiders Say

Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon

“You look at a guy like Ennis with all that he can do. I think I saw a statistic that he hasn’t turned the ball over in the last five minutes of a game all season. He is as good a point guard as there is in the country, and having guys that are that solid is important for any successful program.”

 

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Ennis replaced Michael Carter-Williams, taken eighth overall by the 76ers, at Syracuse, and immediately made his mark on the Orange program with a game-winning shot at Pittsburgh in February. He led the ACC in steals and assists per game, and was named a freshman all-America by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

He's just 19, but like MCW, his potential is likely to wind up being rewarded with a lottery selection. More>>

 

 

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