Boogie Ellis was one of the breakout stars this past AAU season with the Oakland Soldiers. The class of 2019 guard took the Nike Peach Jam by storm and was a big reason why the Soldiers made a run to the final four. To put it simply, Ellis was on a mission this past season.
“I knew that I had to have a good summer, so I put a lot of time into the gym,” said Ellis. “My confidence went up and I got into a groove. I also started playing with the Oakland Soldiers, which was a bigger stage for me.”
Ellis sees himself as a tough defensive assignment with how dynamic of a scorer he is.
“I can score on all three levels, which makes it hard for the defense to stop me,” he said. “I play the pick and roll, I know how to react to the defense and I know how to make the right play. I also see myself as a high level shooter.”
The Mission Bay (C.A.) prospect is moving forward with the process at a steady pace. Ellis is eyeing eight schools right now.
“I basically have a top eight list of schools, which is Memphis, San Diego State, North Carolina, USC, Arizona, Oregon, Oklahoma and Georgia Tech,” he told Prep Circuit.
Ellis took his first official visit to USC two weeks ago. He got a chance to get to grow close with those involved in the program.
“It was pretty cool, they showed me the campus and I really liked it,” said Ellis. “I really got along with the players there now and the players headed there in the future in the Mobley brothers and Onyeka Okongwu. We had a good time and I got to build a relationship with all of them and be myself around the coaches.”
He now has three officials and one unofficial visit scheduled going forward. Ellis plans on visiting Oregon, but still needs to find the right date.
“I have official visits scheduled for Georgia Tech, Arizona and North Carolina,” he said. “I’m going on an unofficial visit to Memphis for their midnight madness and then sometime after that I will go an official visit to Oregon.”
He will visit Georgia Tech this weekend and can’t wait to see what they have in store for him.
“With this visit I’m looking forward to seeing what they have to offer and seeing what they can do to get me to the NBA,” he said.
The Arizona Wildcats have a good relationship with his AAU program in the Oakland Soldiers. Ellis has heard good things from former Soldiers players that have come through the program.
“Arizona is always looked at as one of the top schools in the country,” Ellis said. “It’s a great school that produces a lot of pros and a lot of Oakland Soldiers players have went there. I’ve gotten good feedback from former Oakland Soldiers players who have gone to Arizona. They have told me it’s a great program and that coach Sean Miller does a great job with getting guys to the draft.”
Oregon is another school looking to keep Ellis on the west coast for college. He has a close relationship with one of the coaches on the staff.
“I have a good relationship with Coach Stubblefield since he has been watching me since my sophomore year,” said Ellis. “He’s been watching me for a long time so I have a really good relationship with him. Oregon is a really good program and I have a pretty good relationship with some of the players there.”
Memphis assistant coach Mike Miller has led the charge in recruiting Ellis for the Tigers.
“Memphis is a really good place to be with their being three coaches having NBA experience,” he said. “I have a great relationship with Mike Miller as I talk to him almost every day. I think they can give me great information in what it takes to become an NBA player.”
North Carolina jumped into his recruitment a bit late, but has a serious chance in landing him with it being one of his dream schools.
“North Carolina has always been a dream school for me since I was little,” said Ellis. “My grandparents and some of my family went there, so when I got that offer it was a great feeling. I’m just trying to check it out and see what it’s like. Like the rest of the schools I am visiting, I am going to see if it’s the best fit for me.”
Ellis also mentioned that he plans on making a decision after he finishes all of his upcoming visits.
Jalen Leach, a class of 2020 PG from the Tilton School (NH), just picked up an offer from Holy Cross.
Trey Patterson, a class of 2021 wing from Rutgers Prep (NJ), just picked up an offer from Auburn.