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De La Salle senior Alvin Ellis committed to Minnesota in November.
Just like that De La Salle’s Alvin Ellis is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the country.
The 6-4 senior, who put together a terrific year for the Meteors after signing with Minnesota last November, is back on the open market after the Golden Gophers fired coach Tubby Smith.
“We thought we found a home for Alvin and a place to grow up for the next four years,” said Ellis’ father, Alvin Ellis Sr. “We were definitely all-in, completely on board with Minnesota and coach Smith. It’s been a little disheartening, but we know it’s a business and this happens.”
Ellis, who scored over 1,000 career points, averaged 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals a game in helping the Meteors to a 17-8 record this past season.
An athletic perimeter player who is ranked among the top 10 prospects in the City/Suburban Hoops Report’s Class of 2013 player rankings, Ellis may now be a hotter commodity than at any time during his previous recruitment.
That’s what happens when you’re an uncommitted talent in April.
“He has opportunities now he didn’t have before,” Ellis Sr. said. “But we have to scramble and do our homework — and quickly.”
Maybe all the added opportunities are deserving for a player who has done everything right in his four years at De La Salle but hasn’t caught many breaks.
Ellis was supposed to be part of a De La Salle renaissance, part of a program that would have staying power in his four years at the South Side private school. While fellow Class of 2013 players Alex Foster, Jaylon Tate, Gavin Schilling and DeMarcus Richardson all transferred out, Ellis stayed true and remained loyal to the program and played out his senior year.
Now, after believing his college destination was taken care of, Ellis was dealt another setback with the Smith firing.
“It is a little overwhelming right now,” Ellis Sr. said. “We’re hearing from mid-major programs and high-major schools. He will probably take at least a couple of visits.”