As one of true powerhouses in men’s college basketball, the Syracuse Orange has also snagged its share of top targets on the recruiting trail in recent years. There was no doubt that 6-2 point guard Tyler Ennis, a native of Canada at St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ), was the Orange’s top target among lead guards, a position of need for Syracuse in the 2013 recruiting cycle. On Thursday, Ennis announced in a video posted to his AAU team’s website, CIA Bounce, that he was a match for the Orange, and had verbally committed.
Ennis is the first member of the Syracuse recruiting class for 2013. Hoopniks.com considers him the No. 6 point guard in the country, as well as the No. 35 prospect overall in the 2013 class. Given the departure of Brandon Triche, Ennis figures to play heavy minutes as an incoming freshman, with backcourt playing time presumably available early.
The younger brother of Dylan Ennis, who recently transferred from Rice to Villanova, Tyler Ennis had a variety of college options which included the Illinois Fighting Illini, Memphis Tigers, Louisville Cardinals and UCLA Bruins.
A heady and steady lead guard, Ennis was unflappable for one of the top teams on the circuit during the spring and summer. He is capable of scoring, but thrives in a distribution role and is extremely difficult to pressure with the ball in his hands.
Ennis was also a key member of Canada’s U18 team that won the bronze medal at the FIBA Americas tournament over the summer. He averaged 9 points and 3 assists per game during the five game tournament.
Syracuse landed a small, but strong recruiting class in 2012. Local center DaJuan Coleman and forward Jerami Grant were part of a dynamic duo last season. Syracuse figures to have a handful of scholarship slots to hand out to join Ennis in the class.
At St. Benedict’s Prep, Ennis plays alongside of 2015 combo guard Isaiah Briscoe, who is expected to be one of the elite players nationally in his class, and also a top Orange target.