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2014 NBA draft prospectus: Tyler Ennis enters NBA draft

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Syracuse fabulous freshman Tyler Ennis announced, on March 27, that he will not return to the Orange next season and enter the 2014 NBA draft.

The Brampton, Ontario, native thanked coach Jim Boeheim, his teammates and the Orange’s fans in an email Thursday from the university. He added that he feels the experience at Syracuse has helped prepare him to fulfill a lifelong dream to play in the NBA.

Ennis, who was not on the radar of many NBA general managers, developed into the go-to-guy during the season and hit several clutch shots, including at the buzzer beat Pittsburgh in mid-February. He took the team's last shot of the season, missing a 3 from the top of the key at the buzzer in a 55-53 loss to Dayton in the third round of the NCAA tournament in Buffalo, N.Y, on March 22.

Ennis finished the season as Syracuse’s second-leading scorer with 12.59points a game and led the team with 5.5 assists. He shot 41.1 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from beyond the arc. Ennis also grabbed 3.4 and committed 1.77 turnovers a game.

Ennis scored double-figures in 26 of the Orange’s (28-6) 34 games, including both NCAA tournament contests, and topped the 20-point plateau on five occasions.

The 19-year old Ennis (6-2, 180 lbs.), is expected to be a lottery pick and one of the first point guards taken in the upcoming draft.

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