Tyler Ennis Declares for 2014 NBA Draft

Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis is set to test his value in this year’s NBA draft after releasing a statement announcing his decision to turn pro.

Image: Rich Barnes/Getty Images

Image: Rich Barnes/Getty Images

During his first season with the Syracuse Orange, Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis made a name for himself as a player with a penchant for nailing big-time clutch buckets.

The 19-year-old has decided that his freshman performance was impressive enough to hear his name called in the June NBA Draft. Ennis released a statement of his declaration, via Cuse.com.

“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.

“I feel this experience has helped prepare me to fulfill my lifelong dream – to play in the NBA.”

Ennis, who earned second-team All-ACC selection, All-ACC Defensive Team, All-ACC Freshman Team, second-team USA Today All-American and NABC Freshman All-American honours during his lone season with the Orange, is a likely first-round pick. However, pundits are split on where exactly he will be selected. ESPN’s Chad Ford has Ennis ranked as the ninth-best player and third-best point guard eligible for the 2014 draft – suggesting he is a lock to be selected in the lottery. However, DraftExpress is not as high on the young Canadian, ranking him the 15th-best overall choice come June – falling just shy of lottery status.

Ennis averaged 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game, leading Syracuse to a 28-6 overall record as a freshman.

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