After an impressive performance in the EA Sports Maui Invitational title, freshman guard Tyler Ennis was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week. The freshman from Brampton, Ontario was a key performer as the Orange won the 2013 edition of the tournament. It was the third time Syracuse has won the Maui tournament in three tries. He becomes the first Syracuse to win this honor in school history.
Ennis, who had been up and down in his first four games as the Orange court leader, averaged 17 points, 6 assists, 4 steals and 2.7 rebounds and had just two turnovers in the three-game tournament. He had a career-high 28 points against California in the semifinals. That performance is the third highest single-game point total for a freshman in Syracuse history.
Ennis also had a career-high nine assists in championship game against Baylor. He also made 22 of 24 free throws for the tournament.
“I think this was a great tournament for us, particularly our young guards,” SU coach Jim Boeheim told the Syracuse Post-Standard. “I think it was very helpful for them.”
Ennis came to Syracuse after playing at St. Benedict’s Prep High School in New Jersey. He was one of the top point guards coming out of high school in 2012-2013.