The Orange Add Ennis As Expected; What’s Next?
As Thursday afternoon cruised along into the early evening, we learned what most had known with more confidence. Tyler Ennis pledged to Syracuse, and judging by the onslaught of articles tweeted out within seconds of Ennis’ announcement, there was very little doubt, if any. Syracuse entered the July recruiting period in the driver’s seat for the Ontario native’s services, but Adrian Autry didn’t want to take any chances and watched him like a hawk, and the attentiveness paid dividends when Ennis threw on that gray Syracuse t-shirt.
I’ve written a few times in this space about why Ennis is such a good fit for the team and what he’ll bring to the table, so I won’t revisit that now, but Ennis’ verbal could have some very nice residual effects for the Orange down the line which are worth digging into.
The crown jewel of CIA Bounce, Ennis’ AAU team, is Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins happens to be the top overall player in the class of 2014 and also the top high school player in any class right now, based on many experts’ opinions. Though he’s just a rising junior, Wiggins is getting a ton of attention from all directions and his recruitment will only heat up from here. Wiggins doesn’t appear close to even trimming his list, so this connection will have to be something to keep on the backburner until he starts assessing his possibilities.
Elsewhere, one of Ennis’ teammates and closest friends at St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey is 2015 combo guard Isaiah Briscoe. Though he’s just a rising sophomore, Briscoe has connections to Syracuse that are worth some strong consideration. Last October, Briscoe accompanied Ennis to SU’s Midnight Madness event and played in the King of Kings league over the summer with Michael Carter-Williams and Rakeem Christmas. Throw in a family tie in the form of his sister, Iasia Hemingway, who played for the Orange, and SU could find itself on the inside track to land Briscoe, though he’s still very young.
Tyler Ennis’ announcement raises some very intriguing possibilities for the long-term future of the Orange, but let’s not forget that he’s a damn talented player himself and seems to have a deep connection and nothing but great things to say about Syracuse.