Process heating up for Ennis

Five-star point guard Tyler Ennis was excellent at the Hoop Group Tip Off, and the No. 24 prospect in the nation is a top target of many coaches.

During his sophomore year at Newark (NJ) St. Benedict's, Tyler Ennis began to open up eyes on just how good he is. After a strong summer with CIA Bounce helping them to the 16-and under national title, Ennis' stock exploded. Now back at St. Benedict's, Ennis is one again showing his high level of play.

At the Hoop Group Tip Off, St. Benedict's went 2-0 and a big reason for that was the steady point guard play of Ennis. The 6-foot-2 floor general completely controlled the pace of both games and did an excellent job of getting his talented teammates involved.

"We have great chemistry already, but we are still trying to build more of it," said Ennis of his play so far this season. "I haven't been scoring like I did last year, but all of my teammates are finishing well, so my assists have been much better."

Ennis has offers from schools like Georgetown, Rutgers, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Louisville, Oregon State, and many others. Recently several of those schools have stopped by St. Benedict's to check in and see him play.

"The last couple of weeks it has been Kansas, Maryland, Arizona, Georgia Tech, and a few other schools," noted Ennis.

The newest school for him is Maryland. The Terrapins hadn't been in too close of contact, but now they are beginning to pick things up.

"I didn't even know they were recruiting me until they came into the gym the other day," explained Ennis. "So they are new on me, but I am very interested in them."

One of the schools that has been on Ennis for a while is Arizona. The Wildcats are working hard to get Ennis out to the West Coast.

"They have a great situation for guards," Ennis explained of Arizona. "They are low on guards so by the time I would get there I think there would be an opportunity for me."

Already the Kansas Jayhawks have one point guard committed in Conner Frankamp, but they feel he and Ennis could make for an impressive combination.

"They have been talking about coming and playing," explained Ennis. "I know they already have the commitment from another point guard, but they seem to think me and him would be a good combo together, so that is an interesting situation."

Coach Brian Gregory and Georgia Tech have also made Ennis a priority, and are working hard to get him to check out their surroundings in Atlanta.

"Georgia Tech has been recruiting me for a while," said Ennis. "Coach (Billy) Schmidt has been talking to me and my dad, and they are a program with a history of good guard play."

At this point Ennis hasn't made any recent unofficial visits, though he is hoping to take some in the not too distant future.

When talking to coaches currently and on those visits in the future, Ennis knows the factors that will be important to him.

"I want to come in and play during my first couple of years," said Ennis. "I would prefer to not have to wait on the bench, so I am looking at that. Also I am looking for a school that has a history of sending guards to the NBA and has a system that fits me."

With a lot of teams looking for point guards, there is no doubt that Ennis, the No. 24 prospect in the nation, is going to be a hot commodity for a long time to come.


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