When the college basketball season started, several freshmen across the country were getting a lot of national attention. In recent weeks, Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis has joined that discussion. However, he tries to ignore that type of attention.
"It doesn't change anything," Ennis said. "I really don't pay attention to it. I try to stay away from that kind of stuff. I new coming into the season, the better we do as a team the more personal accolades we'll all get. We can continue to win and guys like C.J. (Fair) will get awards."
One of the reasons he has started to gain national recognition is his unflappable demeanor, high basketball IQ, and maturity beyond his experience. That is why, in crunch time, the Orange usually turn to Ennis to make plays.
"Just knowing that my team has confidence in me," Ennis said. "Everybody trusts me with the ball. The coaching staff trusts me to make plays down the stretch. Going into it, if guys aren't scoring, I'm ready to contribute in any way."
With the trust and accolades, Ennis assesses his own play through 14 games.
"I think I've had my ups and downs," Ennis said. "I think I've done a good job leading the guys. You can't get any better than our record right now. I guess I've done a good job, but I have a lot of things to work on."
Ennis is his own worst critic, always looking to improve and elevate his game. He believes he can still take another step to raise his game to an even higher level.
"Just being aggressive the whole game," Ennis said. "I kind of pick my spots, but I have to keep the defense honest. Whether that's scoring or going in and making plays for other guys. Just making plays, pretty much, and being aggressive the whole game."
Despite looking for improvement, Ennis says that he continues to become more comfortable within the Syracuse system after each game.
"Yeah I definitely feel more comfortable," Ennis said. "We've seen a lot of different teams and they've approached the zone differently. We've kind of seen a variety of ways to attack it, and you adjust game-to-game and even within the game. So I've definitely become a lot more comfortable."