Syracuse freshman phenom Tyler Ennis announced Thursday he will not return to Syracuse next year and will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
Ennis was the 20th ranked recruit in the class of 2013 by ESPN and started right away for the Orange. He quickly became a focal point of both their offense and defense. He released a statement through Syracuse Athletics thanking the school for his time there:
“I’d like to thank Coach Boeheim, the coaching staff, my teammates and the amazing fans of Syracuse for the opportunity to play at a great university like Syracuse. I feel this experience has helped prepare me to fulfill my lifelong dream – to play in the NBA.” (via cuse.com).
Ennis averaged 12.9 points per game in his lone college season on 41 percent shooting from the field. He led both the Orange and the conference is assists per game (5.5) and steals per game (2.1). He was USA Today second team All-American and and NABC All-Freshman team member. He was also named to those same teams for the ACC along with being named to the conference’s All-Defensive team.
Ennis is projected by some to be a lottery pick in this year’s draft. I think he will most likely be a lottery pick. He is a very well-rounded player who takes care of the ball and makes very smart decisions. This, along with his ability to control the pace of the game, in my opinion give him the potential to be a very good NBA player. On the other hand, he could get strong and work on his jump shot. He won’t be an immediate star, but an intelligent player like Ennis who has a lot of room to grow definitely has the potential to be a consistent guard for many years in the NBA.