It's been a trend for the Orange in recent years, losing star players early to the NBA draft. Thursday Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis announced he will enter the NBA draft. Our Iris St. Meran was on the Hill to find out what fans thought about his decision.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- If you ask most people on the Hill about star-point guard Tyler Ennis entering the NBA draft, they'll tell you it did not come as a surprise but it still hurts the same.
Noah Rosenfeldt said, "We all knew it was going to happen. He had a great year. He's one of the top players in college basketball."
"Depressing. Literally, he was our whole team this year. And we're probably going to be in huge trouble next year. We need him back," said Alex Sunshine.
Wishful thinking. The freshman had a successful first year at the collegiate level.
Ennis averaged nearly 13 points and more than 5 assists per game. He played a major role in the Orange going undefeated for their first 25 games, not to mention the buzzer beater against Pitt.
Maxx Luddy said, "He did a good job I think just being able to pass the ball around; Took some big shots, made some big shots. That's going to be tough to replace, that poise he had in the last few minutes of the game."
In addition to Ennis leaving some seniors will also be moving on some orange fans expressed concern about next season.
"Who isn't concerned about next year?” Sunshine asked, “MCW left us, Tyler Ennis left us and now it's like who's going to be the next guy to step up? Let's start recruiting now."
John Jardon said, "Obviously need some help in the guard spot. I know Patterson's going to be there next year; we got another guy coming in. It puts us back to where we were last year: Having a new guard come in to run offense. It worked out this year and the last two years actually with MCW, too."
They know Ennis is pursuing a dream to go pro. So there's disappointment and uncertainty right now, but they have faith all will work out under the leadership of Coach Boeheim.
Another star player could leave the Orange still. Jerami Grant has not made his decision, whether or not enter the NBA draft.