Ennis Drafted by the Phoenix Suns

Former Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis was drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 18th pick in the first round of Thursday's NBA Draft.

Tyler Ennis is ready to start his professional basketball career. Maybe not in the way most originally thought, as many mocks had Ennis falling to the 20th pick in Thursday's NBA Draft to the Toronto Raptors. That would bring the Canadian product back home.

Instead, the Phoenix Suns put a monkey wrench into those plans by selecting him with the 18th pick.

Shortly thereafter, the Toronto Raptors reportedly attempted to complete a trade with the Suns. But those talks halted and the Suns elected to keep their selection.

Ennis is a native of Canada, despite playing his high school ball in New Jersey. He played for CIA Bounce, the premier AAU squad in Canada. He was a five-star recruit who committed to Syracuse as part of their 2013 class.

During his one season at Syracuse, Ennis guided the Orange to a school record 25-0 start in their first season in the ACC. He averaged 12.9 points, 5.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game during his freshman campaign.

Ennis will join young, up and coming Phoenix squad that surprised many by competing for a playoff spot in the loaded Western Conference last season. The additions of Ennis and fellow first round draft pick T.J. Warren give the Suns even more young talent as they build a deep roster.

This is the third straight draft with a Syracuse player going in the first round (Michael Carter-Williams in 2013, Dion Waiters in 2012), and sixth in the last seven years.

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