Cards 'major player' for 5-star PG

Louisville, Syracuse, Memphis, UCLA and Georgia Tech are "major players" in the recruitment of five-star 2013 point guard Tyler Ennis, according to Tony McIntyre, Ennis' dad and AAU coach.

Louisville, Syracuse, Memphis, UCLA and Georgia Tech are "major players" in the recruitment of five-star 2013 point guard Tyler Ennis, according to Tony McIntyre, Ennis' dad and AAU coach.

Having recently cut Arizona from his list, Ennis, according to McIntyre, will let his recruitment play out this summer before settling on a school in the fall.

"We're at the same place with everyone right now," McIntyre told InsideTheVille.com. "We're trying to play out these EYBL sessions and then sit down and see where we fit it with everyone that is keeping in touch with Tyler. Our biggest thing is the relationship with the head coach. He's trying to figure out who he feels more comfortable with."

Syracuse, who Ennis visited in February, is considered by many the team to beat for Ennis. Still, Louisville remains in the mix because of Rick Pitino's point guard-friendly system and opportunity to start right away at the point guard position after Peyton Siva graduates this season.

"Coach Pitino checks in with Tyler when he's allowed and I talk to the assistant coach quite often," McIntyre said. "It's going well. We're just at a point where we've put [recruiting] on pause and he wants to focus on winning his last year of AAU."

That's something Ennis and CIA Bounce are doing better than any other AAU team in the country this spring. With Ennis leading the way and top wings Andrew Wiggins and Xavier Raythan-Mayes providing perimeter firepower, CIA Bounce is the only unbeaten team remaining through three sessions of the Nike EYBL Tournament. Ennis is averring 13.2 points and has 36 assists with just 11 turnovers in 14 games.

"With so many talented guys on our team he has to distribute the ball and make sure everyone is happy," McIntyre said. "He's always been able to shoot the ball. He plays with pace. If he needs to go fast he can go fast. If he needs to slow it down he can. He makes smart decisions in transition and he's great changing speeds off ball screens."

One of the main reasons Ennis is seriously considering Louisville is the way Pitino uses his point guards, especially reigning Big East Tournament MVP Peyton Siva.

"Do they run those ball screens [for the point guard]?….That's an important factor that we'll look for when picking a school, " McIntyre. "Is it a ball dominant school where the point guard has the ball? Is the coach willing to let his players do that?

"Coach Pitino does a good job with Peyton letting him be everything I just said as well. That's why Louisville is still in the mix because they're really free and open with their guards. It's an important factor in Tyler's decision how the offense runs and how much trust the coach puts in his point guard to make decisions. Louisville and several other schools fit that requirement."

What other factors will play into Ennis' college decision?

"It's really going to come down to comfort," said McIntyre. "We're doing our homework and we know what we're looking for in fit, coaches and style of play. We don't want to go somewhere they take away what his strengths are."

Don't expect Ennis to make any college visits in June or July because of his busy schedule - he'll play for the Canadian National team next month and has a full slate AAU slate, including the Nike Global Challenge in July. McIntyre said Ennis will narrow his recruitment in late August, schedule a few official visits in September before making a decision in late September or October.

"We're keeping track of what coaches are at games and who is contacting him when they are supposed to be [contacting him]," McIntyre said. "We're keeping tabs on what player moves are happening, what situations at each school next year are going to present themselves - is there a senior guard leaving? Do they have another guard already in there? We want to play and play a lot and walk into a situation where we think we could start."


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