Two days and two commitments for the Louisville men’s basketball program.
A day after receiving a verbal pledge from Hargrave Military Academy’s Gabe Wiznitzer, the Cardinals have landed Elbert “El” Ellis, the top-ranked junior college prospect in the class of 2021.
“I feel like being in the ACC, on that stage is going to be huge,” Ellis told 247 Sports. “I built a good relationship with coach [Chris] Mack and coach Dino [Gaudio] and I believe in them and I believe they have a really good plan for my future and my goals and that’s going pro after I’m done with school. Being able to have home games in front of my family is going to be big for me.”
A 6’3, 175-pound point guard, Ellis chose Louisville over NC State, Oregon, Texas, Arizona State, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Iowa State, UConn, Wichita State and DePaul, among others.
Playing in 33 games as a freshman at Tallahassee CC in 2019-20, Ellis posted averages of 14.3 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. He shot 47.9 percent from the field (including 40.3 percent from 3) and 84.5 percent from the free-throw line. Ellis was named Panhandle Conference Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, First Team All Conference, and FCSAA/NJCAA All State following the season.
Ellis will spend one more season at Tallahassee CC before joining Louisville for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons.
If at first you don’t succeed with the top-rated junior college prospect in America, try at least one more time.
Welcome aboard, El.