Tyler Ennis, point guard of the Syracuse Orange is going pro. He may have lost in the tournament to Dayton, but he has won overall. Syracuse announced the news earlier Thursday, March 27th. The 6’2″ guard has decided to forego his college career for a chance to do the things he loves. There is not any word yet on what teams are interested in this talented player. All anybody can be sure of at this point is that he will be a lottery pick. His opportunities are endless moving forward because there are many NBA teams looking for a solid point guard.
Ennis was a great asset to the Syracuse Orange in his short stint with the team. In fact, this future pro baller averaged a stunning 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. It may not seem like much in comparison to average NBA point guards, but his effort propelled Syracuse to a 25-0 start. The Orange had an incredible lift throughout the season from Ennis.
Going pro was a decision Tyler Ennis had to make, and it surely took him a great deal of time to make a decision. Making the leap from college to the NBA is never an easy transition, especially as a freshman. Charles Barkley was quoted as saying that he feels the college freshman’s need to stay in school. Barkley believes the extra time in college will better acclimate young players to the NBA.
Coach Jim Boeheim had to release the news of Tyler Ennis going pro today, but it must feel like déjà vu. Actually, 11 years ago in 2003 he had to make a similar announcement when Carmelo Anthony went to the NBA. It is mere coincidence that Anthony left SU as a promising freshman and now Ennis is doing the same. One can only hope that Ennis will have comparable success to his predecessor Carmelo Anthony.
Although Ennis is a very skilled point guard, he is not going to start on whichever team selects him. He averaged about 35.7 minutes a game as a starter with Syracuse. In the NBA, due to lack of experience and much needed adjustments, those minutes will surely decline. Ennis will most likely be coming off the bench for the present point guard. Coming off a star season with his former team that might be a little hard to digest at first. However, everyone is confident that he can make this transition as smooth as possible.
Tyler Ennis might be leaving after only one season with the Orange, but he undoubtedly made his mark. This former college star will be leaving with many titles to his name. Ennis received USA Today – All American and NABC Freshman All–American honors. Plus, he is one of the finalists for the 2014 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award, and the Bob Cousy Award. That is just to name a few of the awards he is up for. This young man had an amazing 34 games, and will be leaving Syracuse on a good note. Before Ennis formally left the team he took the time to thank Coach Boeheim, the staff, teammates, and SU’s amazing fans. According to Tyler Ennis, his fulfilling experience at SU has prepared him to achieve his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.
Commentary by: Schelett Rickenbacker