Syracuse will return Trevor Cooney in the backcourt while Michael Gbinije will enter his first season of eligibility as a member of the Orange after transferring from Duke and sitting out a season per NCAA rules.
Joining them in the backcourt in his quest to lead Syracuse will be incoming freshman Tyler Ennis. When asked if he is happy to have Ennis join the Orange squad, men's basketball assistant coach Adrian Autry said, "Absolutely. I think Tyler Ennis...he's gonna be very good for us. I think when it's all said and done, he'll be one of the top guards to come out of here. He'll be right up there, I truly believe that."
As to why he has so much faith in Ennis, Autry responded, "He's a basketball player. He has a high IQ. He knows how to play the game the right way."
Despite his belief in Ennis' talents, Autry believes some fans may not take to Ennis right away, but believes that eventually fans will grow to appreciate him. "I think in the initial beginning people may not appreciate him as much, but as it goes on you will appreciate him because he's one of the best point guards, one of the highest IQ point guards that I've seen in awhile, in awhile," Autry shared.
Expanding on what he is referring to in talking about Ennis' IQ, Autry remarked, "He knows his personnel. I think he knows how to deliver the ball to certain people, where to deliver the ball, when to deliver the ball. He's done that all throughout his high school career."
"He's played at the highest level," Autry added. "He's won at the highest level. A lot of the stuff that may not show up in points, but he's always shown the ability to make big plays when needed. That's what really kind of caught our eyes is that when something needed to be done, he made the play. And then it's something to be when you [are] a point guard to be able to get the ball to the right people in the right places...you wanna put everybody in the perfect situation and that's what he does."
Of all the abilities Ennis holds, one that stands out to Autry is something that may go unnoticed by others. "When you watch Tyler, you don't know if he's having a great game or a bad game," Autry expressed. "He has the same face which is pretty rare in today's game. He keeps his emotions all right there and he just goes about his business."