Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Ennis Hits Epic Game-Winner; Boeheim Says He Won’t Go Pro
Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis hit the game-winning 3-pointer in Syracuse’s 58-56 win at Pittsburgh Wednesday night and is now projected as a Top-10 pick in the NBA Draft, but Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim doesn’t think he’ll jump to the pros.
“I don’t think so,” Boeheim told Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated before Ennis’ epic shot kept No. 1 Syracuse unbeaten at 24-0. “I think he knows and his father knows that he’s a really good college player. He has to become a better shooter and get stronger to go to the next level. He’d go in the first round, but look at the number of first-round picks who are already out of the league in the last two years. It’s a huge number.”
DraftExpress.com has Ennis as the No. 10 pick, while ESPN’s Chad Ford has the Canadian at No.9.
Tony McIntyre, Ennis’ father, previously told SNY.tv that Syracuse could have a deep backcourt next season if his son remains for this sophomore year, alongside Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije and Ron Patterson and incoming guard Kaleb Joseph. Syracuse also adds New York forward Chris McCullough, a potential future pro.
“In regards to playing together, I think Tyler kind of fits in with anybody,” McIntyre said. “I think it will be an interesting rotation to see. Bring in another guard and a lot of guards there in terms of Tyler, Gbinije, Trevor Cooney and Kaleb Joseph.”
How clutch is Tyler Ennis? Check out this graphic from ESPN.com:
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.