2014 NBA Draft Profile: Tyler Ennis
As a freshman, Tyler Ennis was named Second Team All-ACC, All-ACC Freshman Team and All-ACC Defensive Team. He also led the conference in assists (5.6) and steals (2.1).
On Wednesday, June 4, Ennis was one of 12 prospects to go through a pre-draft workout in front of Lakers brass at the team's practice facility. PHOTO GALLERY
Below is a transcription of his comments to assembled media members:
Q: On what he’s trying to show in these workouts:
Ennis: Personally, coming from Syracuse, it’s tough to see how you can play 1-on-1 defense so I’m trying to show I can defend another point guard, and show I can shoot the NBA three. They haven’t seen us shoot from NBA range in college so coming out and being able to shoot the ball and sticking to what I do best, make plays for others, work off the pick-and-roll, work off isolation and just sticking to my game.
Q: On wearing the purple and gold:
Ennis: It’s a great feeling seeing the retired jerseys on the wall and knowing the history. They haven’t had a lottery pick in awhile, so to work out here with such a great team is something I’ll remember forever.
Q: On if he was a Kobe fan growing up:
Ennis: I think everybody was. You have to respect Kobe. To be able to workout alongside him as a young player and see how he works will help anybody, regardless of position. Work ethic is contagious. To have him, Steve Nash and the older guys, you have no reason but to get better.
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Ennis finished eighth in lane agility time (11.12 seconds), second in shuttle run (2.84 seconds), and tied for seventh in max vertical leap (36.0 inches) among point guards at the NBA Draft Combine.
Other NBA Draft Combine Measurements
Three Quarter Sprint: 3.30 seconds
Standing Vertical Leap: 29.0 inches
Hand Length: 8.25 inches
Hand Width: 8.75 inches
Standing Reach: 8 feet, 2 inches
Winspan: 6 feet, 7.25 inches
"Ennis might have been the most consistent freshman in college basketball this year. He's a consummate point guard who shows a terrific balance between scoring and facilitating. He has a great court sense and rarely makes the wrong play. For coaches who love steady play and consistency, you don't get much better than Ennis. However, Ennis isn't a slam dunk NBA prospect. He's not an elite athlete, has just a so-so jumper and has struggled at times to finish in traffic around the rim."
*Ennis did not participate in the drills portion at the NBA Draft Combine.