June 19, 2011

BC Keeping Tabs on PG

When Tyler Ennis made the transition from Lake Forest Academy in Illinois to St. Benedict's Prep in New Jersey, a lot of change happened. Ennis was forced to leave his brother and one of his best friends, Dylan, a senior, and give up girls and television at a school. At St. Benedict's, Ennis would focus on two priorities, academics and basketball. Six months later, he is one of the top east coast point guards in his class.

The 6-foot-2 pass first point guard from Canada is one of the up and coming names in amateur basketball. Ennis runs with the CIA Bounce U16 team, a very successful Canadian squad who is ranked very high in the country. His brother will play college basketball at Rice this fall and now, the focus is on Ennis.

One of the most creative passers in the country, Ennis is a great floor general who sets the tempo of games with his ability to swish and dish. He can score when he takes it to the rim. Ennis' leadership ability makes him excel in such a tough situation at St. Benedict's where the pressure and expectations are high. "My leadership is something I would say is one of my strengths," he stated. While he must get stronger and quicker on the defensive end of the game, Ennis' ability to create for his teammates is a tremendous strength.

Since coming over to the storied New Jersey basketball powerhouse, Ennis' stock has risen. As a rising junior, Ennis has offers from, "Rutgers, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Iowa State, Santa Clara, Oregon State, New Mexico State and Rice." He also has interest from, "Wake Forest, Kentucky, Florida, Boston College, Kansas, Louisville, Providence, Virginia Tech, Georgetown and Georgia Tech."

With no favorites, nor a plan to commit anytime soon, Ennis hopes to take visits to Wake Forest and Georgetown this summer. The Demon Deacons are expected to offer within the next week or two. Iowa State offered earlier in the week and more schools are joining the party.

With plans to commit around the summer time next season, Ennis has specific needs for what he is looking for in a college program. "I want to find a school who develops point guards and has a good history of point guards," he said. "I want a coaching staff who gives me freedom and makes it a family atmosphere."

Ennis likes the point guard history at Boston College. "When Tyrese Rice played there, he had all the freedom he wanted at the point," says Ennis. "I want to have the ball in my hands and make decisions with it similar to that." He is currently being recruited by Eagles assistant Akbar Waheed and may pick up an offer this summer after the staff watches him more.

As for now, Tyler Ennis will look to lead his U16 CIA Bounce team to new heights on the AAU circuit as they head into big events such as the Peach Jam, Super Showcase and Nationals in Las Vegas.

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