Tyler Ennis has already developed a reputation halfway through his freshman season at Syracuse. He's a steady, poised point guard who distributes the ball and rarely turns it over. He makes big plays in key moments and never seems flustered on the court.
What he hasn't showcased much is his ability to score. Make no mistake about it, Ennis can score. He has a versatile offensive game which comes out during different stretches of games.
On Tuesday against Virginia Tech, Ennis proved he can hit the outside shot. Syracuse is looking for a compliment to Cooney from beyond the three point arc, and Ennis may be that guy.
Against the Hokies, Ennis hit three of his six attempts from distance, improving his season percentage to 40.6%.
Syracuse likes to set screens at the top of the key to give Ennis space to work. Virginia Tech's strategy was to go underneath those screens and give Ennis the outside shot. He made the Hokies pay.
His most important three came when Syracuse's lead was cut to 44-40 at the 14:52 mark of the second half. He responded by drilling a three to extend the Orange lead back to 7. That trifecta started a 16-0 run that sealed the deal for Syracuse.
It's hard to think that Ennis is still a true freshman when watching him perform. The scary thing for the rest of the conference, and the country, is that he will only get better as he continues to develop.