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Following a weekend unofficial visit to Arizona, Tyler Ennis’s father said the school would be a “good fit” for his son, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2013 out of St. Benedict’s Prep.
“I really think that it’s a good fit in regards to what they’re looking for,” Tony McIntyre of the CIA Bounce AAU team told SNY.tv by phone.
“It’s really going to come down to how well they recruit him and the comfort that he feels with Sean Miller.”
McIntyre and Ennis tripped to Arizona and watched the Wildcats win a close Pac-12 game over UCLA, 65-63.
“It went well,” McIntyre said. “We got to a see a good game against UCLA. Got to meet the staff. You talk to them on the phone but you don’t get an opportunity to see them face-to-face. I know Tyler’s seen them in the gym but never really had the chance to talk them.”
McIntyre said Arizona, which currently features freshman point guard Josiah Turner, is looking for a floor general to run the team down the road.
“It’s really and truly they’re looking for a point guard that likes to come off ball screens,” he said. “He fits exactly what they’re looking for and the style of play, and with the 2012 class that [Miller] has coming in it fits right in.”
Arizona has the No. 1 recruiting class nationally for 2012 with shooting guard Gabe York, forwards Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett and center Kaleb Tarczewski.
McIntrye said they were trying to schedule an unofficial to Louisville this Wednesday but it just didn’t work out.
“Tyler can’t miss school,” McIntyre said. “I think it’s unfortunate that we’re not going to be able to get out there, but I think there’s going to be time to get out there. It won’t be during game-day, that’s all.
“It’s definitely somewhere we do want to look. The history with Rick Pitino and the coaching staff and Louisville as a whole is a very good place to play.”
He has previously visited Syracuse and is also considering Georgia Tech among his top options.
“Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Arizona and Louisville, those are the ones that are serious right now,” McIntyre said. “We’ve heard that Duke is interested. I haven’t talked to them myself, but we’ll see.”
McIntrye said Kansas had spoken with Ennis, but not with McIntyre.
“I haven’t talked to Bill Self but I know he’s been out at the school and I know the assistant coach hits up Tyler, but have they called me to set up an unofficial visit?” he said. “The answer is no.”
Meantime, Ennis has led St. Benedict’s to a 28-1 record, with their only loss being a one-point defeat to St. Anthony, winner of 59 straight.
The Gray Bees are now awaiting word on whether they will be invited to the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational.
For more on Ennis, watch the exclusive SNY.tv documentary here.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.