Here's Tracy Pierson's report on a California Power Forward:
David Ellis, 6-9 JR PF/C, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian, has already had an interesting recruiting experience – and he's just finishing his junior year.[Coach Roy: He's probably a long shot for NU given the list of schools recruiting him, and his SAT score - although there are kids who take classes on the SAT and raise their score 200 - 300 points! Check out former Maryland player Juan Dixon. He does look like the kind of power forward NU could use next year.]
Ellis verbally committed to California last fall. But in the following months both Cal and Ellis decided to go their separate ways. All Ellis would say about it is just that – that he's no longer interested in Cal and they've gone their separate ways.
Ellis did, say, though, that he's getting a lot of interest from other schools at this point. "Iowa State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Gonzaga, New Mexico, Washington, Creighton, Pepperdine, Texas Tech and Santa Barbara are all recruiting me. Since the contact period started, twelve schools have come to out to see me at my high school. Bobby Knight is coming next Monday."
Ellis, who averaged 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocked shots a game, said he's still fairly open, but right now is leaning toward the two schools that have offered him a scholarship – Minnesota and Iowa State. "Both of those two have offered. They're the two that are coming at me the hardest. Minnesota has said they'd like me to redshirt a year."
He has early plans to visit Iowa State later in spring, and said he'd also like to officially visit New Mexico. He also plans to visit Gonzaga, Washington and Pepperdine unofficially over the summer.
Ellis said he'll wait through summer before making his decision. What's important to him, he said, are "how a coaching staff and players get along, the atmosphere on campus, and whether it's a college town." Ellis said he'd like to play early but redshirting is okay with him since he realizes he needs to put on some weight. He also said he has no problem with leaving the west coast.
Ellis said he has a 3.0 GPA and scored an 860 on the SAT, but he'll retake it this spring.
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