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Preseason Projection: Late-First Round (2015, 2016)
Current Projection: Mid-to-Late First Round (2014)
Tyler Ennis' natural feel, poise and leadership at the point guard position have made it easy to overlook his physical limitations.
Forget the fact that he plays below the rim, or he isn't 6'4'', or he's not the most explosive kid in the gym. Ennis knows how to use what he's given, and he understands how to run an offense.
With phenomenal instincts and a mean hesitation dribble, Ennis has been tough to contain off the bounce for the Orange. And that's where he's at his best—when he can manipulate the defense, break it down and create easy shots for himself or teammates.
He's also ranked No. 2 in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio. Ennis has full command of his offense and values each and every possession—no silly shots, no home run passes.
As a scorer, Ennis picks and chooses his spots like a pro—knowing when to pull up, take it strong, step back, use a floater. He's not the deadliest shooter, but he's making 38.5 percent of his threes (only takes open ones), and seems comfortable with his mid-range game.
Many expected Ennis to be more of a two- to three-year college guard, only he looks like a junior today at 19 years old. There just might not be a point in returning, especially if he's able to lead the Orange on a run deep into March or April.