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Report: Syracuse freshman Tyler Ennis to enter the NBA Draft

Mar 27, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT

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Tyler Ennis will forgo his final three years of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.

Ennis had a terrific freshman campaign, averaging 12.9 points, 5.5 assists and just 1.7 turnovers, but the years ended in disappointment as the Orange were upset early in both the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

“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,” said Ennis. “I feel this experience has helped prepare me to fulfill my lifelong dream – to play in the NBA.”

Ennis is not a next-level athlete like a Derrick Rose or a John Wall, but he’s as heady as point guards come, the kind of player that doesn’t get sped up by defensive pressure. He’s got a terrific feel for the game and is able to get his team into their offense without turning the ball over, and he’s shown an exceptional ability to execute in the clutch. Draft Express currently projects him as the 14th pick in the draft and the third point guard taken after Dante Exum and Marcus Smart.

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This will be the second straight season where the Orange have sent a point guard off to the NBA quicker than expected. Ennis was forced into a starting role this season because Michael Carter-Williams left after his sophomore year. The good news is that Boeheim landed a commitment from Kaleb Joseph, a point guard from New England that was the No. 55 recruit in the country in the Class of 2014. Like Ennis, he will be thrust into a starting role early in his tenure.

All eyes in Upstate New York now turn to Jerami Grant, who is still deciding whether or not he will enter the draft. If he leaves, that means the Orange will lose their top three players from this season, as C.J. Fair is graduating as well.

  1. brookwell2013 - Mar 27, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Good decision; absolutely no upside to stay at Syracuse. His draft status can not go higher than it is now. Another 30 games or so against primarily inferior opposition would not have helped him move up any higher than he is now. Good luck to the kid.

  2. hoopslvr - Mar 28, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Sad commentary on today’s “too quick” to the NBA world. Right now he is headed IMO (and I love his game) to being a very good back-up in training (depends on team). Needs to get stronger, develop form on shot, and get more consistent with his floater. Could use another year of play in college to develop above and have “the pressure” of being a scorer. Does he develop that in the NBA? Depends on where he goes.

  3. bbillsfan01 - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Blows the last two plays of the game bc he is not “game mature” and thinks he can compete vs. 25-30 yr olds professionally.
    Another slap in the face to the universities with this one-and-done crap.
    Nice of you to take someone’s scholarship, who might have actually wanted to play for his college. Not to mention the programs continuing to have to retool every year. Not a slap to the NCAA. They’re raping these kids just as much as Knight says the NBA is raping college basketball.

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