Fresh off a highly successful July - that included two collegiate evaluation periods - the five-star combo forward from Wichita (KS) Heights will see his summer basketball season stretch out for a few more weeks.
"I had taken a little break since returning from Vegas, but leave for L.A. for Adidas Nations on Aug. 4," Ellis said. "School starts like the middle of August, then I will head back to L.A. for Elite 24 on Aug. 24. I will start conditioning again probably after that."
As previously mentioned, the month of July was a resounding success for Ellis and his teammates on the Pray and Play Players. Playing in some of the biggest tournaments of the summer, they frequently marched their way deep into bracket play by knocking off big-time competition.
In Indianapolis at the Adidas Invitational, the Players lost their opening two games before ripping off a five game winning streak and making the Final Four. An Elite 8 appearance in the Milwaukee Summer Jam was followed up by a trip to the Sweet 16 at the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas.
For Ellis personally, the past 30 days have seen him match-up against some of the top Class of 2012 talent in the country, and he responded as a five-star talent should. In a tilt with Shabazz Muhammad and Dream Vision at the Adidas Invitational, for example, the Players avenged an early-season loss at the Jayhawk Invitational largely on the strength of 31 points from the 6-foot-8, 225-pound combo forward.
"I felt I had a chance to show my versatility and that I can do a lot of things on the court to help my team," Ellis said. "That I was trying to play hard through the whole game."
As for his recruitment, fans can expect a final list and some official visit dates to emerge in the near future, after he has the chance to seek counsel from AAU coach Steve Young, Heights head coach Joe Auer and his parents.
"I am all about feeling comfortable, and when I feel the time is right that is when I will commit," Ellis said. "It would be great if it was before my senior basketball season starts."