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Jim Boeheim on Tyler Ennis: ‘He could have used another year’

Apr 4, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT

Jim Boeheim

Jim Boeheim went on Sportscenter on Friday morning and took the time to chat about Tyler Ennis and his recent decision to enter the NBA Draft.

It’s not exactly flattering.

“I think he is a great college player, but I think physically he could have used another year,” Boeheim said. “I think when you get to the NBA, you need to be as physically ready as you can be, so I think Tyler could have benefited from another year, but certainly he is a tremendous player and a very smart point guard.”

“I think point guard is probably the hardest position to break into in the NBA … but he has the skill set to be able to do that … it’s just a question of landing in the right place.”

I get why this will rankle some feathers, but the point needs to be made: there is nothing inaccurate about what Boeheim said.

Ennis does need to get physically stronger before he has a major impact at the NBA level. He probably would have benefitted had he returned for another year. The point guard spot is tough to break into in the NBA.

And while it does seems to be poor form for Boehiem to go on national television and say all of this, you don’t think that the NBA scouts are already fully aware of what Ennis can do and what his limitations are?

Honestly, I don’t have an issue with what Boeheim said. Am I crazy?

  1. djshnooks - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    I think Boeheim knows what’s best for his players…he’s seen plenty of guys leave early who have not succeeded in the NBA.

    Tyler Ennis is not ready…mentally or physically, we will not see much of him for quite some time…just like Johnny Flynn.

  2. 1historian - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Rob – you’re not crazy. When I saw this I immediately thought of Mark Sanchez’ declaring for the NFL after only a year as a starter @ USC – His coach at the time Pete Carroll said the same thing Boeheim said – the kid is not ready for the big leagues. Carroll was right and Boeheim probably is too – he’s been doing this since before the kid was even born.

    • johnelwayishorsefaced - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Pretty sure Sanchez took the Jets to the playoffs his first two seasons in the NFL so I would say Carroll was wrong and that this is an invalid comparison. Just my opinion of course.

      • kingcole68 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:59 AM

        Sanchez didn’t take them to the playoffs…the Jets Defense did.

  3. M. Caffrey - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Not exactly flattering?

    How can “he’s a tremendous player, a smart point guard” and “he has the skill set” not be considered flattering? His only knock against Ennis was that he needs to get stronger; that’s a fair criticism.

  4. novemberreign - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    That Deadspin article is a bit cringeworthy.

  5. WT Dufrane - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Don’t you know that you cannot SAY ANYTHING anymore without being criticized for the truth? Nobody wants to hear the truth. They all just want to be coddled. Everyone wins a trophy now. We have no good players or bad players anymore. Everyone is even across the board. Lalalalalalala. Makes me sick.

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