Duke looks to join the six programs left standing after Ellis trimmed his list initially in December - Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma and Wichita State - in the sweeptstakes for his service.
In a June 6 interview with Phog.net, the elite combo forward had this to say about the Blue Devils:
"Coach (Jeff) Capel and I have known each other for about three years," he explained. "Sure, knowing Capel helps but I still have a lot to learn about Duke yet. I have only talked to (Coach Mike Krzyzewski) twice in my life and we are just now getting acquainted. We will just have to wait and see after this summer."
Ellis has been earning rave reviews for his play during the summer thus far, and Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels raved about his play at the recent Chicago Best Buy Tournament.
"Over the course of the spring, Ellis has looked more and more aggressive and he continued that here at the Best Buy event," Daniels wrote. "The 6-foot-8 power forward was active on both ends, but was especially effective on the offensive end when he faced up defenders and attacked. He's terrific on the baseline, as he knows how to use the rim to shield off defenders. Ellis plays hard and continues to get better."
Look for Ellis to trim his list again at the end of the summer, and then begin scheduling official visits. His tentative plan right now includes taking all five officials in the fall and then, if he's comfortable, making his decision before his senior year of hoops.