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adidas Invitational profile: Winchester's Kiante Enis

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Two-sport star turning heads on court and on gridiron

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 2:17 pm

INDIANAPOLIS - The News-Sentinel sports staff spent last week covering the happenings of the annual adidas Invitational, which featured many of the top prep basketball players in the country.

We will be compiling profiles of a number of athletes. Here is another in the series:


Essentials: Junior, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, guard

School: Winchester High School

Scholarship offers: IPFW

Schools showing interest: Ball State, Indiana State, Wright State

Justin's take: There is no doubt that Enis has both the raw talent and the bloodlines to be a solid college player. The only question is which sport that Winchester standout will choose.

Enis is the cousin of former Penn State star Curtis Enis, who was drafted fifth by the Chicago Bears in 1998 and played parts of four seasons in the NFL. Kiante is one of the best running backs in the state at Winchester and has garnered interest from the likes of Indiana and Ball State for his prowess on the gridiron.

On the court, Kiante excels in an up-tempo style game and can not only shoot and get to the basket but can also run the offense if needed at the point. His quick first step allows him to gain an advantage on defenders. Despite not being one of the bigger guards on the court in AAU, Kiante has a unique ability to position his body around the basket to shield the ball.

He finishes well around the hoop and has good form and execution from the free throw line.

The big question with Kiante is his size. Already at 6-2, he is already pushing it as being a taller running back. But he has the talent to move into a receiver position or in the back-seven of a defense if his heart is with football.

If he eventually chooses basketball, he has the skills that IPFW covets, a guard who can create his own shot and facilitate equally well.

Enis on what he wants to work on this July: Want to work a lot on my dribbling and my shooting. My pull-up jumper and shoting off the dribble mainly.

Enis on whether it will be football or basketball for him in college: I don't know for sure, its still up for grabs right now. It kind of depends on the season. During football season I like football better but during basketball season I like basketball.