A couple of months ago, we broke down UCLA basketball recruit Tyler Ennis, a 6’2” point guard out of Newark, New Jersey. (Which is like the San Bernardino of the northeastern part of the United States.)
Recently, he came out with a top-five list. In that list is, of course, UCLA. From FanSided’s recruiting site, FS150:
Class of 2013 point guard, Tyler Ennis, narrowed his list to a final five earlier this summer. Louisville, Memphis, UCLA, Syracuse, and Illinois were the schools who made the cut. All these schools will be in need of a floor general for the 2013-2014 season, and Ennis just may be their guy.
Yes, he is definitely our guy. Our point guard depth will be pretty damn thin with Larry Drew II and Kyle Anderson (if he does well) leaving after their lone season as starters in Westwood. Zach LaVine, a four-star PG, has committed, but he’s much more of a scorer. Ennis provides a pass-first mentality at point that UCLA has desperately needed for awhile. Kyle Anderson will play the role of distributor in 2012, but if he’s as good as we think he is, he’ll be lost to the 2013 NBA draft.
Ennis is versatile, for sure, and he’s a legit threat. FS150′s Jordan Kendall, a recruiting prodigy, caught up with him and asked what he thought of our Bruins:
UCLA is a West Coast school and I really like things out there; I’d like the environment out there. They’re also in the Pac-12, which is a conference I can see myself playing well in.
UCLA also has a rich history with a coaching staff notorious for matriculating players into the NBA. We’re sure he thinks that, but what he said is cool, too.
We have a history of landing recruits from the east coast — of most recent note, Kyle Anderson, also from New Jersey — but you’d have to think Syracuse might have just the tiniest of edges since they have premier location.
However, Tyler is not even close, so we’ll play it by ear.