Elllis has impressive spring

High-major schools are really picking up the interest in three-star wing Alvin Ellis.

As it seemingly always is, the city of Chicago is loaded with basketball talent in the 2013 class. One of the better, though least talked about, players is De La Salle wing Alvin Ellis. This spring playing for Meanstreets, Ellis has taken his game to a new level.

Always known as a great athlete, Ellis is now adding more skill to his game. The 6-foot-4 guard is now becoming more reliable with his jumper and that led to an impressive spring.

"The summer is going real good," said Ellis. "We are just playing together and practicing every day. I think I have played real well. I was hurt in Minnesota and didn't get to play, but down in Boo I played real well, and I think I have kept it going since then."

He continued, "I think my game has grown a lot. I have more confidence and I am in the gym working hard. My biggest area of improvement has been my mid-range jumper."

When it comes to recruiting, the three-star prospect has his share of high-major interest.

"Tennessee, Northwestern, Kansas State, Minnesota, Wichita State, Nebraska, Missouri State, Miami, and California those are the main schools," said Ellis.

For the Volunteers, assistant coach Tracy Webster is spearheading the recruitment.

"They haven't offered me, but I have been in touch with Tracy Webster a lot," said Ellis of the Vols. "I am going down there in a few weeks for their camp, so they will get to see me there."

One school that has offered and has made him a priority is Minnesota.

"I haven't talked to the whole staff, but I really like Coach (Tubby) Smith," said Ellis. "He is a great coach and someone I would look forward to play for."

Another school very active in the recruitment is Nebraska. Tim Miles and his staff have been working very hard to become a serious player for Ellis.

"Coach Chinn (Coleman) says he has been loving my game," said Ellis. "He is a cool coach and someone I think I would like playing for. Right now they are just trying to get me to come down to campus."

For now there is no timeframe on a decision for Ellis, but he does have a good idea of what will put one school over the top at the end of the day.

"I am looking for a team that is like a family and also good academics are important," explained Ellis. "Finally just the atmosphere, I want to fit in wherever I go."


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