South Carolina head coach Frank Martin has decided to give in.
Martin announced on Wednesday that Bruce Ellington has rejoined the basketball team. Ellington will be with the team during the break from football practices and will likely travel with the team and could see action over the next few weeks before returning to football full-time for the bowl game.
Martin mentioned before the season that Ellington wouldn't participate in basketball-related activities until football was completely done, but a conversation with Ellington and USC's football coach Steve Spurrier gave Martin enough information that he needed to allow Ellington to return to the team.
"Sometimes you come across special athletes that are just capable of doing both," said Martin on Wednesday when talking about Ellington and his abilities to play both sports in college.
The amount of time Ellington could see on the court just depends on the game according to Coach Martin.
"Will he play? I don't know. I'll probably throw him out there. That all depends on the game. Could he play? I don't see why not."
Ellington's first basketball practice was Tuesday night but it was not his first exposure to the Gamecocks team under Frank Martin. Martin mentioned Wednesday that he was very pleased with the knowledge that Ellington showed in practice on Tuesday. He attributes his knowledge based on the info that Martin gave to Ellington to study in his down time. Martin also mentioned that Ellington has visited his office once a week since August to stay in contact with the Gamecocks head coach.
Last year, Ellington joined the basketball team after the South Carolina-Clemson game and quickly picked up where he left off after his freshman campaign. Ellington played in 24 of the 31 games played by South Carolina last year and averaged 11 points per game.
South Carolina hits the road on Thursday to take part in the SEC/Big East Challenge against St. John's. The next home game for South Carolina will be this Sunday against Clemson at 12:00 p.m. eastern time.
When the Gamecocks may see Ellington on the court, we just don't know. But for now, he's with the team and adds another playmaker to Frank Martin's 5-1 Gamecocks.
Bruce Ellington is back...for now
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