Ellis elects not to redshirt, makes debut

Freshman scores six points against McNeese State on Friday after decision to play and not redshirt.

Michigan State brought in a pair of freshmen in the 2013 recruiting class and while it was clear forward Gavin Schilling would factor into the rotation, guard Alvin Ellis wasn't as much of a certainty.

The decision to not redshirt Ellis was made, however, and Ellis checked in 12:40 to go in Friday night's season-opening 98-56 win against McNeese State.

""It was something I talked to Alvin about," coach Tom Izzo said. "It's always up to the player and I think Alvin wanted to do it. I had mixed feelings because there are times I wanted him to redshirt for his sake, and times not to redshirt for our sake.

"He wanted to a part of this team and I don't blame him for that."

Ellis, who had six points of 3 of 6 shooting in his debut, said he knew he didn't want to redshirt and talked with Izzo after practice Wednesday.

"We had a meeting and just sat down and talked," Ellis said. "I talked to my parents about it. I just decided I wasn't going to redshirt."

The 6-foot-3 guard said his parents thought playing would be the best decision for him.

"They thought I should just get my feet wet right now and get in where I can fit in right now instead of taking a year off," he said.

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