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.