Ennis had a spectacular rookie season, leading the ACC in steals and assists, the first true freshman to every achieve that within the conference. As Ennis' play generated national buzz throughout the season, his draft stock rose as well. Ultimately, his standing within potential NBA draft picks was too much for him to pass up.
Ennis later issued the following statement on the decision.
"I'd like to thank Coach Boeheim, the coaching staff, my teammates and the amazing fans of Syracuse for the opportunity to play at a great university like Syracuse," said Ennis on Cuse.com. "I feel this experience has helped prepare me to fulfill my lifelong dream – to play in the NBA."
The departure of Ennis' forces Syracuse to hand the keys to a true freshman for the second consecutive season and replace their starting floor general for the third straight year. Incoming four-star point guard Kaleb Joseph will run the show next season, with Michael Gbinije looking to be the primary backup as he was this season. Ron Patterson may also figure into that role as well, likely as the fourth guard.
Syracuse is still waiting on the decision of sophomore forward Jerami Grant, who is expected to join Ennis in declaring for the next level, according to similar sources.