Dec 20, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of the center circle with the UCLA Bruins logo at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Basketball Recruiting: Tyler Ennis Breaks Down Final Five


Class of 2013 point guard, Tyler Ennis, narrowed his list to a final five earlier this summer. Louisville, Memphis, UCLA, Syracuse, and Illinois were the schools who made the cut. All these schools will be in need of a floor general for the 2013-2014 season, and Ennis just may be their guy.

The St. Benedict’s Prep point guard is listed as 6’2, giving him ideal height for his position. ESPN.com has him ranked as the fifth best point guard in his class and the 31st ranked recruit overall; and for good reason. He opens up a lot of things for his teammates offensively as he can weave in and out of defenses to free things up for a teammate, or can hit you with a jumper when left open.

Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino reacts during the second half in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men

I recently caught up with this four star prospect out of Canada and he broke down what he saw in each of his final five schools. Here’s what Ennis had to say:

Louisville – I really like Louisville because Coach Pitino is a Hall of Fame coach and really knows what he’s doing. They’ve got a bunch of returning talent and I’d love to be able to play in the Big East.

UCLA – UCLA is a West Coast school and I really like things out there; I’d like the environment out there. They’re also in the Pac-12, which is a conference I can see myself playing well in.

Syracuse – Some things I like about Syracuse are their style of play, location, the talent the team has, and they’re also in the Big East. I feel like I’d fit well in their system and the location isn’t too far from home. I’d be able to really help them with the returning talent they have and the Big East is one of college basketball’s best conferences.

Memphis – Memphis plays a fast paced game which is somewhere I feel I could fit well. I also have a really good relationship with the coaching staff over there.

Illinois – I also have a good relationship with the coaching staff at Illinois and I can fit in their system well too. Their style of play really fits me. The Big Ten is another conference that I would really enjoy playing in.

As far as when a decision would be made, Ennis said, “I don’t know as of right now.”

With that being said, Ennis may have a lot more to evaluate about each of these schools before committing to one of them. He may narrow his list down more before his decision is made, but nonetheless will be adding a lot of talent to the team that lands him. The possibility of having a guy like Tyler Ennis run your team doesn’t come around often, and the coaches from each of these teams have surely taken note of that. It will be interesting to see what happens with his recruitment from here.

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