Ennis Updates his Recruitment

2013 point guard Tyler Ennis talks about his recruitment, which schools have recently offered, and who's currently recruiting him the hardest...

Newark (NJ) St. Benedict Prep point guard Tyler Ennis is settling into his recruitment, garnering recent offers from Tennessee, UCLA, LSU, and Illinois. But, with his list of offers well into double digits, he's not rushing into any decision.

"I don't have a list of leaders right now," Ennis said. "Probably by the end of the summer I'll have a list of schools, take some visits, and then sign during November, and get it out of the way before the high school season."

Ennis knows that he'll probably take an official visit to Syracuse at some point, but other than that, he's not certain what official visits he'll take. Like his AAU teammate, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, he's a Canadian who's been playing away from home for several years, so moving to a college far away from home isn't the biggest deal to him.

Right now, the school recruiting him the hardest is Georgia Tech, and the Yellow Jackets may have a natural advantage for the five-star point guard.

"I have family down south," Ennis said. "I have a lot of family in Atlanta, so I've been down there a bunch to see them."

In terms of picking a school, Ennis has a number of things that'll factor into the decision, but proximity to family isn't high among them.

"The main thing for me is probably playing time," Ennis said. "I want to be able to play my first year. And then having a good relationship with my coach is a big thing. And after that, I want to be around a group of players that I get along with and play well with."

UCLA Coach Ben Howland has been the primary recruiter thus far for Ennis, and Ennis says Howland has called multiple times.

Ennis is a big point guard, at about 6'3 and 180 pounds, and he says that he can play as both a distributor and a scorer.

"I can go pass-first, and also play more of a scoring role," Ennis said. "Some games, I'll score ten points and get a bunch of assists, and another game I'll score 20. It depends on what the team needs from me."

Ennis isn't close to narrowing down his decision, and plans on talking over the decision with him mom and his dad, who doubles as his AAU coach.

"My dad is really involved," Ennis said. "My mom doesn't know much about the situation, but she watches a lot of basketball on TV, and she knows who she sees and who she likes. Right now, we're probably going to start talking about things over the summer and so pretty soon we'll start thinking about visits and narrowing things down."

In terms of his college experience, Ennis has a fairly mature attitude about the possibilities.

"If I had the chance to go one-and-done, I'd definitely take it," Ennis said. "But I don't want to rush into anything. I'd rather enjoy my time in college, and not end up like a D-League player, in and out of the league. I'm not going to force myself or put pressure on myself to do something I'm not ready to do."


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