Possible Wolves draft options at No. 13: Tyler Ennis
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In the lead-up to the NBA Draft on June 26th, we are taking a closer look at several prospects the Wolves could potentially select with the 13th overall pick.
Wolves draft prospect profiles
Up next: Syracuse's Tyler Ennis
Position: Point guard
Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 182-pounds (from the NBA combine)
Accolades: All-ACC freshmen team (2014), All-ACC second team (2014)
Mock draft projections:
ESPN.com (Jeff Goodman): No. 13 - Minnesota
DraftExpress.com: No. 16 - Chicago
CBSSports.com (Gary Parrish): No. 19 - Chicago
CBSSports.com (Zach Harper): No. 16 - Chicago
BleacherReport.com: No. 16 - Chicago
HoopsHype.com: No. 25 - Houston
Stats: As a freshman, Ennis took charge of Syracuse's backcourt and led the Orange to a 25-0 start. Ennis was Syracuse's second-leading scorer (12.9 points per game) behind C.J. Fair. Ennis' 5.6 assists per game average ranked No. 1 in the ACC. On top of that, his assists-to-turnover ratio was ninth best in the nation (3.24, 188 assists. 58 turnovers).
Notes: Ennis may not have the wow-factor of some his fellow potential late-lottery/mid-first round prospects, but he did enough in his one year at Syracuse for teams to at least consider taking him with an early pick. Ennis' draft stock has fluctuated and it would likely be seen as a gamble to take him with a lottery pick.
While some scouts and analysts have knocked Ennis' overall athleticism, he is still an enticing prospect given his instincts and varied skill set on the offensive end. The question is do the Wolves want to add another young, developing point guard in an attempt to create increased backcourt depth?
"Ennis' playmaking ability is what separates him from other players in this draft class. He is one of the few "pure point guards" you can point to, as he led the NCAA in PPR as a freshman, posting a rate 50% higher than the next best PG. Ennis plays with a maturity beyond his years, as he operates at his own pace, is incredibly unselfish, and is always under control."
"Although he lacks elite level athleticism, he does a good job of changing speeds and getting by defenders into the paint. He's very good at finding teammates for baskets while on the move. His command of the PG position and decision-making were advanced for a college freshman. Ennis' game likely would have benefited from another season or two in college, but as a possible lottery pick, and probable first rounder, he made the right decision from a financial standpoint."
"Ennis has gone from a borderline top 25 prospect to a borderline lottery pick in less than a year. What the Canadian lacks in explosiveness he makes up for in steadiness."