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Top Secret Fyles: Former SU stars Ennis, Grant should fare well in NBA draft

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From the drawers of the Top Secret Fyles:

Based on current projections by leading NBA draft experts, former Syracuse University standouts Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant should enjoy exciting times when the draft takes place on June 26.

Ennis, the freshman point guard who directed the Orange’s 25-0 overall start this past season before declaring himself eligible for the draft, has an excellent chance to be a lottery pick (14th spot or higher). The lottery is May 20.

Meanwhile, Grant, the sophomore power forward who gave the Orange a rebounding force in games, may land just outside the lottery cutoff point (14th spot or lower).

Milwaukee, which had the league’s worst overall record this season, has a 25-percent chance to win the No. 1 pick, while Philadelphia has the nextbest chance to win the top spot.

A pair of writers projects Ennis to go seventh or eighth in the draft, while and Bleacher Report has Ennis going 16th by the Bulls and 17th by the Celtics, respectively.

Grant is slated to go later in the first round.

The pair has Grant going a respective 16th (Bulls) and 20th (Raptors) — also the same position that targets Grant. Bleacher Report has Grant being picked 24th by the Bobcats.

SU’s four-year star C.J. Fair is projected to be picked in the second round — 47th by the 76ers and 59th by the Raptors, according to, and 32nd overall by the 76ers, according to

With three star players on the draft board, SU should be prominently mentioned on TV.

n As mentioned in this column two weeks ago, if you like drama and excitement, tune into the NBA and NHL playoffs.

So far, the action is each respective league has been awesome.

Since the NHL playoffs began April 16 and the NBA three days later, there have been a combined total of 20 overtime games over 12 days before Monday night.

NHL home teams are 27-14 and NBA home squads are an underachieving 13-17.

Prior to Monday’s play, four NHL teams have advanced to the second round, and no NBA squad has clinched a first-round, best-of-seven series, though the Heat is close, leading the Bobcats three games to none. When more NBA road teams are victorious in the playoffs, intrigue only goes skyward.

n Basketball lost one of its best personalities on Monday with the death of former NBA Hall of Fame coach and television analyst Jack Ramsay at 89.

The former Buffalo Braves head coach for four seasons who later directed Portland to the league title in 1977, had a sharp mind for the game and a keen wit conveyed to viewers.

Richie Rich’s Top 10 rankings in Major League Baseball: 1. Brewers; 2. Braves; 3. Rangers; 4. Athletics; 5. Yankees; 6. Giants; 7. Tigers; 8. Mets; 9. Rockies; 10. Dodgers.

Times sports copy editor Richard Fyle can be reached at

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