Indy star Kennen Ellis has ties to Louisville area

While two of his AAU teammates took home MVP honors last week at the Reebok ABCD Camp, 6'10" sophomore Keenen Ellis was also a standout at the star-studded event.

While two of his D-1 Greyhound teammates, O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker, took home MVP hardware last week at the Reebok ABCD Camp, 6'10" sophomore center Keenen Ellis had himself a fine week, too.

From Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ellis played like one of the top underclass big men last week. He averaged 6.9 points (8th in camp - underclassmen), 3.7 rebounds (T-2) and 2.0 blocks (1st), earning a spot in the underclass All-Star game where he scored 10 points for the West. And his player rating of 14.3 ranked eighth among all underclassmen present.

Keenen Ellis
Long and lean, Ellis runs the floor well, has a nice touch from the foul line in and blocks a lot of shots around the rim. Still developing, the 185-pounder needs additional strength to defend and hold his position in the post against stronger opponents.

"He's realizing that he has to get stronger but this camp has been a good learning experience for him," Mayo's uncle and Greyhound coach Lamar Ziegler said.

With family ties to the Louisville area, the Cardinals, along with the Indiana Hoosiers, are very strong with Ellis, according to Ziegler. Ellis has even more ties to the Bluegrass state as his late cousin, John Stewart, signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of Kentucky in the late 1990's before tragically dying of a heart condition during his senior season.

And if Louisville were to get commitments from either Walker or Mayo, who both list the Cardinals at or near the top of their respective lists currently, Ziegler says the odds of landing Ellis' services would also increase.

"If a school gets one of the those guys, they might get two or three others [from the Greyhounds program,]" Ziegler said. "They're all pretty close and they talk about going to the same school."

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