The Nike EYBL is a five session AAU event that concludes with the Peach Jam in Georgia. Tyler Ennis was one of several five-star prospects that participated in the event. He spoke with CuseN, the 6-2 point guard from Newark (New Jersey) St. Benedict, talked to us about the experience.
"It was a good event," said Ennis. "There are a lot of games. And a lot of games with that huge talent level is great as a competitor."
CIA Bounce, Ennis' AAU squad, featured some of the best talent in the event. His team advanced all the way to the championship game, where they lost 51-50 to the Oakland Soldiers. Despite that loss, Ennis said the experience was great.
"Most of our games have a lot intensity," he explained. "We were usually the main game at that time, so we always got a big crowd, which was great. The finals, everybody came to watch out that even the other teams. So it was intense and a great atmosphere."
Ennis continued, "Some bad calls by the refs hurt us. A bunch of charges that our big men took that they didn't get credit for. Obviously the last call and some little things throughout the game. But they (Oakland Soldiers) played some good ball. They hustled, grabbed rebounds, went after loose balls. The loose balls were really what helped them."
Ennis said he felt CIA Bounce was the better team and should have won the championship.
One of Ennis' teammates on CIA Bounce is Andrew Wiggins, considered the best player in the 2014 class. He might be the best high school player in the country right now regardless of class. Ennis knows he is lucky to be able to play with such a force.
"He's the best," Ennis described. "He's one of the best players in the country if not the world. He just has that freedom to just score when he wants. When he wants the ball you give it to him. He makes my job a lot easier."
Ennis noticed coaches from Syracuse, Louisville, and Illinois there to watch him, and while it's been speculated he could make a decision soon, he said he's still taking his time with the decision, but could take some steps forward in the process soon.
"I'll probably sit down after July 31st, and that's when I'll look into taking some visits," Ennis explained. "That's when things should pick up a bit."