The Syracuse Orange have announced that freshman point guard Tyler Ennis will leave early to enter the NBA Draft.
Ennis started every game for the Orange this season, leading the ACC in both assists (5.5/game) and steals (2.1).
Ennis was a key factor in Syracuse’s 25-0 start, hitting a buzzer-beater against Pittsburgh, and coming up big in several other clutch situations.
And while ‘Cuse went just 3-6 in its last nine games, Ennis actually improved his scoring numbers. He averaged 16.2 points in those nine games.
While many see Ennis as too young and not ready to play at the next level, it’s quite the contrary.
Ennis is a complete player; he has the basketball IQ and vision for the next level. The biggest critique of Ennis is his shooting — which improved vastly as the season advanced — and will keep improving as his body matures in the NBA.
The latest mock drafts have Ennis going mid-first round, but with a draft class that doesn’t feature many quality point guards, Ennis could see his stock rise.