2000-01 Playboy Anson Mount Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Verizon Academic All-America candidate (3.75 GPA) ... a campus finalist for Miami's Rhodes Scholar nominee ... consummate team player ... most experienced returning RedHawk in terms of minutes played and experience in big games ... provides a key presence as a rebounder and defender ... does all the little things that generally don't show up in a box score -- sets screens, makes the extra pass, takes offensive charges, etc. ... an inspirational team leader ... always gives 100 percent on the floor ... hard-working, fundamentally sound player ... needs to stay healthy for Miami to have a successful season ... one of several Miami players who bench 300 or more pounds ... profiled in Time magazine for his academic and athletic successes.
Started 22 of 28 games ... missed UW-Green Bay and Wright State games with back injury ... named a GTE Academic All-District first-team honoree (3.80 in political science [pre-law]) ... a 1999-2000 honorable mention Playboy Scholar-Athlete ... also earned team's Scholar-Athlete award for third consecutive year ... one of Miami's MAC Tournament stars with 12 points (5-of-6 field goals) and seven rebounds in quarterfinal win over Bowling Green (March 5) ... came off the bench to score career-high 16 points vs. Bowling Green (Feb. 12) and add seven rebounds and two assists ... posted first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds vs. Eastern Michigan (Jan. 17) ... had second double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds vs. Marshall (Feb. 23) ... averaged 8.4 ppg over a five-game stretch before scoring 0 points in MAC Tournament win at Eastern Michigan (March 1) ... played 40 minutes for the second time in his career at Marshall -- five points, eight rebounds and two steals ... six points and nine boards vs. Ball State (Jan. 12) ... team's No. 2 rebounder (6.0 rpg) ... averaged team-best 2.5 offensive boards per game ... ranked 15th in MAC rebounding and 9th in MAC offensive rebounding ... ranked third on team with 1.07 assists per game ... named the MAC's Male Scholar Athlete of the Week for his performance against IUPUI -- 14 points, five assists and three blocks ... also had eight rebounds in that game ... had nine points, seven rebounds and two assists vs. Kent State (Jan. 2) ... six points and six rebounds at Akron (Jan. 15) ... 11 boards vs. Temple.
Appeared in 31 of 32 games, starting six ... recipient of 1998-99 Randy Gunlock
Scholar-Athlete Award (3.74 GPA in political science) ... first-team academic
all-MAC pick ... came off bench to grab five rebounds and play solid defense on
Washington's 7-foot all-American Todd MacCullough ... missed Toledo (2/17) game
with the flu ... ranked sixth in team rebounding ... played a season-high 21 minutes
versus Xavier (12/2) and Northern Illinois (12/30) ...in 18 minutes versus Dayton,
notched six points, five rebounds and career-high four steals ... pulled down a
season-most seven rebounds versus Xavier (12/2) ... grabbed a key defensive rebound
in final seconds of OT win versus BG in MAC semifinal ... two points and six rebounds
in season-opening MAC win vs. Marshall (12/8).
Recipient of Miami's Gunlock Scholar-Athlete of the Year (3.75 GPA) and the Adkins
Freshman of the Year awards ... played in all 29 games, including 18 as a starter ...
averaged 2.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 23.5 minutes per game ... shot just .328 from
the field (20-61) but boasted a .765 mark from the free throw line (26-34) ... played
only eight minutes vs. Eastern Michigan in the MAC Tournament championship game
due to an injured right foot ... played 23 minutes vs. Kent in the semifinal before injuring
his right foot ... one point, two assists, two steals and a game- and season-high 12
rebounds vs. Marshall ... was held scoreless but grabbed a then-season-high 10
rebounds at Eastern Michigan ... six points, five rebounds and two assists in 40 minutes
at Kent ... two points and a game-high nine rebounds vs. Akron ... was 5-of-6 from the
free throw line vs. Central Michigan ... played 11 minutes and had one rebound and
one steal in a starting assignment against Tennessee in the season opener.
Three-year letterwinner ... named Division I Player of the Year by the Cincinnati
Enquirer his senior year ... earned first-team all-league, all-city and all-Southwest
District honors, as well as second-team all-state recognition ... was a USA Today
honorable mention all-American ... averaged a team-high 22.7 points and 11.0
rebounds as a senior, leading the Highlanders to an 18-5 record and a share of the
Queen City Metro Division championship ... shared league Player of the Year honors
with Withrow's Rodney Crawford ... Oak Hills' highlight in 1996-97 was its 63-56 win
over Miami (Fla.) Senior High School, which finished 36-1 and ranked No. 2 in the
USA Today poll ... Ensminger was named MVP of that game after tallying 20 points
and 10 rebounds ... shot 64 percent from the field and had career-highs of 36 points
and 18 rebounds his senior year ... averaged 12.9 points and 9.0 rebounds as a junior,
when Oak Hills finished 20-5 and advanced to regional finals ... enjoyed a 59-13
record during his three years of varsity play ... coached by Mike Price.
Born August 16, 1979 in Cincinnati (21 years old) ... son of William and Karen
Ensminger ... brother Chris played basketball at Valparaiso ...
majoring in political science and minoring in marketing.