Juco Star Headed To Big Ten

Jamarcus Ellis, a former Westinghouse star who once was the MVP of the Chicago Public School League, has found a new collegiate residence.

The long and winding road from Chicago through a letter of intent to Texas A&M and onto Chipola Junior College has ended in Bloomington, Ind., for Jamarcus Ellis. The 6-foot-5 wing, one of the nation's top tier junior college players, committed to Indiana on Monday.

According to Chipola coach Greg Heiar, Ellis wasn't going to do anything early but Indiana sold him quickly. "Indiana did a really good job recruiting him," Heiar said. "They just did their job."

Part of their job was locating Ellis who had stopped at a handful of places. Once enrolled at Texas A&M and thought to be prep school bound, the former Chicago Public League player of the year found his way to Chipola JC where he averaged 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists a game.

While Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M saw him this summer, it was IU that was the most persistent. "I can't believe nobody else was on him this summer," Heiar said. "I had a lot of good ones here but nothing like Jamarcus."

"He's so versatile. At 6-foot-5 with a 6-11 wingspan he's so versatile. He's a stat filler. As a freshman he averaged 9.9 rebounds and as a small forward that's unbelievable. He's really matured as a kid and as a person. We've never once had a call on Jamarcus Ellis."

On Monday, Ellis made a call and it was to Kelvin Sampson and the Hoosiers.


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