James Ennis (basketball)
Ennis during pre-draft workouts with the Utah Jazz
|No. 8 – Perth Wildcats|
July 1, 1990 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (201 cm)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Ventura (Ventura, California)|
|College||Oxnard College (2009–2010)
Ventura College (2010–2011)
Long Beach State (2011–2013)
|NBA draft||2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Pro playing career||2013–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
James Ennis (born July 1, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Perth Wildcats of the NBL. He was a standout at California State University, Long Beach, where he was an All-American as a senior.
Ennis, a 6'7" small forward, played his sophomore season at Ventura College, a junior college in Ventura, California and his freshman season at Oxnard College, a junior college in Oxnard, California. He then signed with Long Beach State, where he became a two year starter. As a junior, Ennis averaged 10 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and helped lead the 49ers to Big West Conference regular season and conference titles. Ennis was named honorable mention all-conference at the close of the season.
With the departure of conference player of the year Casper Ware, Ennis became the go to player for the 49ers in 2012–13. He responded by averaging 16.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and leading the 49ers to another regular season Big West championship. At the end of the season, Ennis was named Big West Player of the Year and an AP honorable mention All-American.
Following the close of his senior year, Ennis was named to the Reese's College All-Star Game, where he led the East team in scoring with 13 points, including a pair of baskets that clinched the game.
Ennis was selected with the 50th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. His rights were later traded to the Miami Heat on draft night. He joined the Heat for the 2013 NBA Summer League. The Heat reportedly wanted Ennis to play for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA Development League but were unable to sign him to the NBA minimum salary of USD$490,180 due to salary cap restrictions. Consequently, the most Ennis would have earned for the 2013–14 season was USD$25,000, so Ennis made the decision to play overseas in order to support his father, his disabled mother and his five siblings.
On August 10, 2013, Ennis signed with the Perth Wildcats of the Australian NBL. In the first game of the season, Ennis scored 25 points, the highest ever for a player on debut for the Wildcats. Ennis was named Player of the Month for October after averaging a league-leading 24.0 points per game and was also in the league's top ten for rebounds with 6.8 per game.
On February 17, 2014, Ennis was charged with attempting to strike Adelaide 36ers player Mitch Creek during an on-court post-game melee following the game on February 15, which the Wildcats won 85-61. The next day, however, the charges against Ennis were dropped.
At the end of the regular season, Ennis had averaged 21.9 points per game, 2.4 assists per game and 7.2 rebounds per game on 47% shooting from the field. He also led the league in total match points and total free throws made.
- "Big West Unveils 2011-12 Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team". Big West Conference. March 5, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
- Bloom, Earl (March 11, 2012). "Long Beach State picks up Big West honors". Orange County Register. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
- "2012-13 AP All-America Teams". Fox Sports. April 1, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
- "East Tops West 87-81 in Reese's Division I College All-Star Game". NABC. April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
- "HEAT Acquires James Ennis in 2013 NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 28, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
- Though Heat wanted D-League, James Ennis heads to Australia
- Perth Wildcats sign NBA rookie James Ennis
- R1 Report: Wildcats scrape past desperate Adelaide
- Wildcats Sweep NBL Player and Coach of the Month Awards
- NBL Issues Charges For Post-Game Altercation
- James Ennis Charges Dismissed