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Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis to enter NBA Draft

Mar 27, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT

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Apparently Jim Boeheim’s selfish advice wasn’t heeded.

Syracuse’s freshman point guard Tyler Ennis — projected to be taken in the middle of the first round of the NBA Draft, maybe late lottery — announced on Thursday he is turning pro and entering this June’s draft.

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

Ennis likely will be the third point guard taken, behind Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart and Australia’s Dante Exum.

If your goal is to play in the NBA and you’re a solid first round pick like Ennis, then jumping to the pros is the smart move — Ennis will get guaranteed money over multiple years on his rookie deal, plus making basketball your full time job and working against a higher level of competition will develop your game faster.

How good can Ennis be? A lot of scouts see him as a solid NBA point guard — he showed an incredible amount of poise during the season running the Syracuse offense, he averaged 12.9 points a game, shot a respectable 35 percent from three, and he averaged 5.5 assists a game.

However PBT’s draft expert — Ed Isaacson of NBADraftblog.com — is not as sold and doesn’t see him as a lottery pick because he lacks the athleticism:

“He’s everything you want in a backup point guard, but is that worth a lottery pick?”

Isaacson notes it’s hard to gauge how good Ennis is on defense — he racked up a lot of steals but did that playing center field in the Syracuse zone. It’s hard to gauge the NBA defense of everyone coming out of Boeheim’s system.

But Ennis is coming out and moving on to the NBA.

  1. lazykiz - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    So are we still saying last year’s draft was the one of the worst ever?

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      Hell yeah. Hands down.

  2. money2long - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Do you want your favorite team to draft him …..?

  3. sageandjudahsdad - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Huge Mistake !
    He’s not ready for the pro game if he’s worried about money and injury he should go to Lloyd’s of London. But this kid is a back up at best.
    Not only that but he is

    • imthewiz77 - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      I don’t think he’ll be very good nor is ready for the NBA, but he should def come out now. While he’s not ready, his stock will likely never be higher than it is right now.

  4. mrtreyseven - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Nope i dont wanna hear a kids not ready for this or that, yall want these kids to keep over valuing themselves and leaving early spend 3 years going from team to team til he retires after 5. Very dumb move tell you the truth no freshman is ready to come out this year. Cleanthony Early should be the number one pick, the kid was a Juco transfer and in his two years Lead Witchta Satate to a final four an a undefeated season, and if they would have got him the ball on the last shot of their lost to Kentucky he probably would be playing this weekend. Dude dropped 30 that game he is the most pro ready guy coming out, not wiggins parker or Embiid.

    • cg2424 - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Kids aren’t drafted based on pro readiness. They’re drafted based on future NBA potential because nobody fresh out of college is really pro ready their first season.

      Keep up the expert analysis though.

  5. csbanter - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    johnny Flynn 2.0 , its time NBA raise the age limit. Ennis will be in D league or buried on the bench. Something about Syracuse players leaving early. Is Boeheim really Calipari with glasses ?

  6. campcouch - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Free to choose,free to succeed,free to fail.

  7. tomtravis76 - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Good for him to go get paid. He can finish his degree at his own pace. He will have a long career playing pro ball, maybe not the league all the time, but he surely can make money overseas.

    It will be good for him to get drafted outside of the lottery. imagine him not having to be the man but get the ball to Harden or Howard? Some of these young guys who are lottery picks get drafted to very bad teams with poor veteran presence and that hurts their development as players and men.

    I saw Ennis play in the espn hs invitational two consecutive years for st.Joseph’s and almost fell over when I heard he was going to Cuse, thought he was more of a mid major player. and I was totally wrong, this guy has the chance to keep proving people wrong. He can flat out play ball.

  8. controlledchaos123 - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    I have nothing against college players who want to enter the draft early to make money, however in more cases than not, these underclassmen just aren’t ready for the pro game. They’re not strong enough or polished enough to compete at a high level and would be better served staying in college a few more seasons to further develop if they want to make a significant impact at the next level, rather than ride the bench in the NBA. There’s exceptions to this of course, but by and large, players who develop their bodies and their games longer in college (which rarely happens anymore) often have a bigger impact with higher quality of play in the NBA.

  9. jcampol - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    His advise was not selfish, he’s not ready for the pros! The same way that 90% of the kids drafted this year and last year and the year before that weren’t ready. The nba is so watered down with kids that are marginally good back ups its awful to watch most of the time. But keep writing about how these coaches are being selfish telling kids they aren’t ready. Coaches that are selfish don’t give a rats ass like calllipari and dish the kids out in a year without giving a crap where they end up you know why? Because they can get more recruits. Jim B had and always will be one of the good guys in college athletics no matter how much you want to try and bring him down. He’s forgotten more about bball than you will ever know in your lifetime.

  10. tuberippin - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Hope he does better in the NBA than his counterpart of the same name has fared in the NHL.

  11. kwame410 - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    why would he stay in the NCAA when he come to the NBA and make 1-2 mill easy. you know you and i would do the same. this is why collage players should get payed, so the NCAA dosen’t lose all its tallent

  12. sageandjudahsdad - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    He’s a kid! He accepted a FOUR YEAR SCHOLARSHIP. he has an obligation to stay. He achieved nothing ! The kidney will be thee next year or the year after
    Be a kid. Attend classes (lol), learn something outside of basketball cause you could be out in 3-5 ( see; Johnny Flynn ).
    As a freshman ( aka Carmelo or Anthony Davis) ok came to the pro game

    But this kid did NOTHING. couldn’t get his team out if the first weekend if the big
    Dance.

    I understand the money grab. . Just don’t like it.

    Be

  13. chris3141084 - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    He needs to come out now, he’s not going to get more athletic, nor does he need another year for scouts to find his flaws. I think he’ll be good second or third point guard but he’ll never more than that because his lack of athleticism.

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