Tyler Ennis did not shoot well against Minnesota on Monday, but controlled the game in other ways as Syracuse pulled out the win. On Tuesday, Ennis continued his strong all-around play. The difference against Cal was his ability to find the bottom of the net.
Ennis finished with a career high 28 points on 9-12 shooting, including 2-3 from beyond the arc. He also hit all eight of his free throw attempts.
The true freshman scored from everywhere on the floor. He hit open threes, drove the lane and finished at the rim, and hit pull up jumpers as well. It was a classic display of offensive efficiency.
The scoring outburst did not mean Ennis slacked in other areas. He finishes with four assists, four rebounds, and three steals to go along with his career high 28 points.
Rarely do you see a team so comfortable with a point guard fresh out of high school. Rare is the basketball IQ and feel for the game beyond that of most upper class men as a true freshman. But that is exactly what is going on with Tyler Ennis.
Ennis has been as advertised for the Orange. He has taken over as floor general for a top ten team, and has the ability to be one of the nation's best when the season ends.