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“Within four days after he was born, we brought the stroller into the gym with him in it,” McIntyre said. “From that day, he never spent a day without basketball. He didn’t have a choice.”

However, he played lacrosse and spent time on Canada’s national game as a youngster. That helped hone Ennis’s basketball skills because he learned the nuances of the screen and roll.

“He really excelled at it,” McIntyre said. “At that time, he was way better in lacrosse.”

Not anymore.

“We knew he was going to be great. We knew the potential and the maturity on the floor,” said Mark Taylor, Ennis’s high school coach at St. Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey. “He never gets out of control and he’s the same off the court. That’s a rare thing - to have a player that calm and humble.”