A couple of quick hits on the Syracuse basketball recruiting scene…
After top-rated recruit Nerlens Noel moved up to the class of 2012 last week, it was widely reported that the newly-seniored center would attend the SU-UConn clash on February 11. Noel is considering both schools for next season, in addition to other programs like Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgetown, Florida, and Providence. It has been previously reported that he has already been to Providence, and plans to visit Kentucky next weekend. It has also been mentioned that Noel and current SU freshman and dunker extraordinaire Michael Carter-Williams are close friends, so we'll see if that gives the Orange any extra advantage in the recruiting process.
Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop reports that in addition to Noel, junior point guard prospect Tyler Ennis will also hit The Hill on Saturday to watch the Orange
kick the snot out of play the Huskies.
Ennis (no, not the guy who plays for the Sabres) is listed as a 6’2", 180 pound point guard out of Brampton, Ontario. Luckily SU has a good recent track record with Canadian recruits. He is currently a junior and team captain, honing his craft at St. Benedict’s Prep School in Newark, New Jersey.
Ennis is the 41st overall ranked player in the class of 2013 by ESPN, and the 7th ranked point guard. ESPN calls Ennis a "scoring combo guard", immediately bringing to mind a certain current Orange combo guard, which works out well because he could be called on to fill Waiters’ shoes once the mad retweeter takes his talents to the pros in (hopefully) a year or two. ESPN says that Ennis is a "solid shooter with range to 22 feet" and is a smooth scorer and excellent rebounder for a guard. He is being recruited by more than a dozen colleges, including current and future SU conference rivals like Georgetown, Connecticut, Rutgers, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, and I guess Memphis?
As if the Orange needed more reasons to put up a good showing during this "Rivalry Week."
PointGuardU.com: 2013 Tyler Ennis Mixtape (via Coast2Coasthoops)
In related news (on more than one front), Kline also reported over the weekend that class of 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe has received a scholarship offer from Jim Boeheim and the Orange. Yahoo! Sports lists Briscoe as a 6’0”, 200 pound point guard with an “outstanding” handle, who is a teammate of Ennis at St. Benedict’s. Fun fact: He is also the younger brother of current SU women’s basketball player Iasia Hemingway, a senior forward. Hemingway is currently the Orange women’s leading scorer at 16.5 points per game, and also hits the glass to the tune of 6.6 rebounds per contest.