Ennis, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, came from Rice, where he averaged 8.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in his only season. While sitting out last season, he got stronger in the weight room and improved his game working with his coaches and practicing with his teammates.
"Playing against the great defense that we play just made me better," he said. "I was going up against our starting five, and our sixth and seventh guy. It made me better as a player, but I also tried to push them so they could be prepared for the [next] game."
Wright said Ennis possessed "a level of energy and excitement that no one else had" on his first day of preseason drills last Friday.
"He's thrilled," Wright said. "He's been dying for this for a year. This [first] practice was like a walk-through, but his intensity level was at a way-higher level than everybody else's. He's just really thrilled to be here, and it's contagious."
Though Ennis has the personality to be a team leader, Wright said his upperclassmen are capable of taking on that responsibility, so "we can really let him concentrate on being a player."
With six guards among 10 scholarship players on the Wildcats' 2013-14 roster, Wright is able to match up as the game goes along. Ennis, Arcidiacono, and senior Tony Chennault are the ball handlers of the group.
Ennis is not worried about where he plays. He just can't wait to get out there.
"Finally being able to play in the Pavilion, at the Wells Fargo [Center], and even on the road, it's going to be a great experience," he said. "Growing up, I always watched Big East basketball and I wanted to be there one day, and now the day has finally come."