This year's NCAA freshman class is loaded. 

So much so that there is already talk of a number of NBA team's intentionally tanking in order to get first pick.

But while the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Noah Vonleh, and Julius Randle are the media favorites to be amongst the first picks, ESPN have revealed who is truly the most valuable player in the 2014 freshman class...

Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis.

The network explained their decision using a 'win shares' measurement which combines an individuals offensive and defensive contributions in order to estimate just how many wins the player has personally contributed to the team.

It sounds complicated but what it means is that, according to ESPN, Ennis has contributed 3.8 wins for the Orange who are currently riding high with a 20-0 record.

His closest rivals are Duke's Jabari Parker (3.4), Kentucky's Julius Randle (3.2) and Arizona's Aaron Gorden (2.9)

What is really impressive about Ennis though is his ability to score when it really matters.

The video report showed that the Syracuse man averages 1.2 points per play in the final five minutes of game time, averaging 47.8% in shooting.

And the freshman is yet to concede a turnover in the closing stages while producing 14 assists. 

NBA scouts are likely to have noted this ability to perform under pressure and it will be interesting to see if Ennis can continue this form with March Madness fast approaching.

Draftexpress.com recently had Ellis to go 13th in the their mock 2014 draft.

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