Ellison, Terps Have Mutual Interest

Life Center Academy's (Burlington, N.J.) Malik Ellison remains one of Maryland's top 2015 guard targets, even in the wake of the Terps' recent offer to Paul VI's (Fairfax, Va.) Josh Reaves. The 6-foot-5 Ellison has held a UMD scholarship for several months now and has maintained steady interest in the program.

Life Center Academy's (Burlington, N.J.) Malik Ellison remains one of Maryland's top 2015 guard targets, even in the wake of the Terps' recent offer to Paul VI's (Fairfax, Va.) Josh Reaves. The 6-foot-5 Ellison has held a UMD scholarship for several months now and has maintained steady interest in the program.

"Maryland is still very much involved in my recruitment. They will definitely be a school I consider," said Ellison, who admitted it would be 'kind of cool' to play at the same school as his sister, Aja Ellison, who signed with Maryland this year. "I talk to Coach (Mark) Turgeon a lot.

"He's a good coach, and I know they want me there," he said previously. "It's a nice school, a big-time program and a good area. I've been there for a visit and I really like it."

Of course, Maryland has already signed Ellison's Life Center teammate, center Trayvon Reed. The 7-footer has apparently done his diligence in trying to get Ellison to join him in College Park.

"He's in my ear a little bit about coming to Maryland; he tells me to come with him," Ellison said. "[This season] Trayvon played great down the stretch. He was a major factor in our strong finish."

Ellison, who holds offers from the Terps, Temple, St. Joe's , La Salle and Penn State, said he would like to return to College Park, Md., at some point this offseason. He had previously seen Syracuse, Penn State and Temple, in addition to UMD, and has several other trips on the radar, though he didn't reveal exactly what those were.

The Life Center guard just finished a solid junior campaign where he led his team to a 21-5 record by averaging 16 points, five rebounds and five assists. He opened the eyes of several more potential suitors, including Villanova, Michigan, Virginia and Cincinnati. If any of those programs pull the trigger on an offer, expect Ellison to give them a look as he insists he's open to all options and isn't sure when he wants to sign.

"I don't really have a time frame or a set game plan in terms of my recruitment," Ellison said. "I will see where I am in terms of college offers by the end of July, and go from there. I do want to take fall visits, but I am not sure whether or not I will sign in the fall or in the spring."

One factor to consider with Ellison is what position he'll be playing at the next level. He's already grown four inches in the last year and said he could be 6-8 before it's all said and done.

"I'm a solid 6-5 now, still growing, and the doctors think I will top out at 6-8," he said. "The colleges are saying that I can play anywhere from the ‘1' to ‘3' positions in college. I see myself mostly as a ‘2G.'"

Right now, the 6-foot-5 guard is focusing on offseason hoops tournaments. He will hit the road starting in Pittsburgh this weekend for an Under Armour event before heading to Dallas for a showcase May 10. In July, he plans to be at the Reebok Showcase in Philadelphia.

Ellison is one of the more intriguing prospects on Maryland's board. His size, his growth potential, and his all-around ability have him on the verge of really breaking out into a nationally recruited prospect. An impressive spring/summer AAU circuit will elevate him on the national charts.

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