Duke freshman Jabari Parker might get all the hype, but Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis is starting to get attention. The freshman point guard was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for the third time. He was also given the honor for the weeks of December 2nd and December 30th.
Ennis has been a key contributor to the Orange’s 18-0 record and ranks third in the league in assists, averaging 5.5 per game and leads the ACC in steals with 2.7 per game.
Last week against Boston College and Pittsburgh, Ennis played all 80 minutes and averaged 14 points, 4 assists and 3.5 steals while turning the ball over just twice in the two games.
Parker was considered the best freshman in the country coming into the season and has played well for the Blue Devils, but his performance has not been had nearly the impact as Ennis, who has helped his team to the No. 2 ranking in the country. Duke is not ranked in the top 10 for the first time in over six years.
Duke and Syracuse will play twice this year and it will be intriguing to see how the two freshman will fare in those two match-ups.
Syracuse resumes conference play in Miami on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m.