Fred Ellis is a 6'6" 200 pound forward out of Sacramento, California. He recently made the call to give his commitment to Coach Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears. BearsIllustrated.com caught up with Ellis after his visit to Baylor University this weekend.
"The visit went real good. It was a chance to get to know the different coaches, the players, and different administrative people. I also got a feel for the town and the school. I really enjoyed it."
"I gave the coaches a verbal commitment, and it is about a 110%."
Ellis, ranked a 3-star player by Scout.com, talks about his decision.
"I just felt comfortable when I was there. The moment I stepped on campus I just felt that I belonged there. The coaches made me feel like I was at home. The teachers and the administrative people made me feel like they were really serious about academics, and I like that."
The talented forward describes his game:
"My game is inside-out. A lot earlier in my career I was playing down low in the post. Now, I finally play the wing and it shows my talent. I can hit the mid-range jumpshot, and I am pretty good at the 'three's'."
Ellis feels that he plays better with his back to the basket, yet also explains that his perimeter shot compliments his inside game quite well. Ellis realizes that an important part of his style of play is defense and his leaping ability. More importantly, perhaps, is his ability to finish.
"When the ball is in the air, I feel that the ball is mine. No matter where it is, I feel like I can get it. If I get the chance, I will get to the hole. I'm going to try and dunk on you. I try to finish hard, go strong, no matter what."
The talented forward was very impressed with both the players and the coaches and had this to say about his experience.
"I love those guys. When I was with them I could be myself. I could laugh, but when it comes down to business they are serious about it. I will have the chance to play in the Big 12, and the chance to be a factor on the team to carry them to the next level."
With Ellis planning to sign his letter of intent in November, he will join 5-Star recruit Lacedarius Dunn who is also headed to Baylor University.
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