Ellis Headed To Mississippi State

Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury signed a new four-year deal on Thursday. On Friday morning, Jackson (MS) Lanier head coach Thomas Billups confirmed that his top prospect too would sign with the Bulldogs.

The recruitment of Monta Ellis is over. The 6-3 combo guard, who will be ranked among the Top 10 prospects in America by TheInsidersHoops.com, has announced he'll play for Mississippi State in the fall of 2005.

"He told me that he was looking at the Internet and did some looking around at Alabama, Texas, North Carolina and Kentucky," Lanier coach Thomas Billups said. "They signed a few guards he had played with. Mississippi State hadn't signed anybody. They told him they wouldn't sign anybody but him."

Mississippi State will get the services of one of the truly gifted scorers in the country. He's quick, tough and prolific. This year he's averaging 32 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 assists. And, he's done it against the best.

For instance, after his 41-point outburst in a losing effort against Oak Hill, Josh Smith was awarded the game MVP plaque. So moved by Ellis' performance, Smith walked over and handed the MVP trophy to Ellis. That's the kind of player he is.

"This is the biggest one they ever had," Billups said.

"I'm going to tell you, and not because he's my player, I think that if he worked a little more on his left hand, he probably would be the best guard in the country."

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