Hardwood or gridiron?
A 2010 prospect, Bruce Ellington has several big-time suitors for both football and basketball, and the cat-quick point guard has a lot of coaches after him now that they can come out and see recruits again.
"He's got a combination of speed, strength and athleticism," AAU coach Antoine Saunders said of Ellington.
Since a solid showing in the spring, a lot of schools have wanted to see him, but hadn't had the chance. So, as it stands now, he holds two basketball offers — South Carolina and Auburn. South Carolina coach Darin Horn offered him in the spring before the cat got out of the bag about the 5-foot-10 lead guard.
"He had a phenomenal spring," Saunders said. "He's the quickest guard I've seen in a long time. He can get in the paint. He can score. He's unselfish. He's quick. He's a jet.
"He's getting calls from a lot of schools in the area."
Hence the excitement from Ellington toward his summer thus far.
"Things are going great right now," Ellington said. "We have a couple of tournaments, I'm going to try to show out for them."
South Carolina is the only school so far that has offered Ellington in both sports, but that's likely to change.
"July is going to be big," Saunders said anticipating the coaches that have been calling to closely watch Ellington as he plays with Team TMP based out of Charleston, S.C. "Most of (the offers), we are expecting them in July."
A speedy "athlete" — who's said to have 4.4 speed — Ellington claims football offers from South Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Clemson.
"Most schools that have offered me want me to run the slot receiver, but Georgia Tech has offered me as a quarterback."
Georgia Tech's spread offense would allow the Berkeley High product to use his quickness and not rely on throwing the ball, but Ellington admitted he wanted to either play receiver or corner in college.
A bunch of schools are telling Ellington they want to get him on campus and have a sit-down with him before they offer, but according to Ellington, he's only been to two schools so far this summer.
"I went to Georgia Tech's (football) camp, and I went to South Carolina's camp for basketball."
With no decision in mind regarding which sport he would like to play, it makes it hard for the standout from Moncks Corner to make a collegiate decision. In fact, all he knows right now is that he wants a good school, academically.
"I want to go to a good school that has a good academic program that can help me into a better player."
So naturally, having a leader at this time is virtually impossible. However, South Carolina does sit well with Ellington, no matter what sport he chooses.
But in the mean time, Ellington will finish out the summer concentrating on basketball and just enjoying things before he focuses on making a decision between the sports — a decision that will likely come by the end of the summer.
And after that?
"I'll probably pick a school (in the fall)." One thing that Ellington does know is that whatever school gets him, they'll get "a hard worker."
"I give it all I've got, 100 percent," he said.
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