Recently saw on MLive.com an excellent piece Gillian Van Stratt that breaks the news that Alvin Ellis III will be joining the Michigan State Spartans. Head coach Tom Izzo was pretty excited to hear from Ellis and he will be used effectively next year by the Hall of Fame coach.
“Alvin will be a great addition to our backcourt,” Izzo said. “We like his offensive skill set, especially his shooting touch, hitting 40 percent from three each of the last two seasons. He’s got good length and versatility, with the ability to defend a couple different positions on the perimeter.”
Ellis is a three star rated guard prospect according to Rivals. He averaged 20 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists this year at Chicago De La Salle High School.
Ellis initially committed to the University of Minnesota last September, but things changed after head coach Tubby Smith was fired in March. Ellis tweeted to his Gopher fans after committing to the Spartans.
“Good luck to the Gopher team and all the fans in the future,” Ellis wrote. “I had to do what was best for me and my family. Thanks for all the love!”
Coach Izzo will be a fantastic coach for Ellis and he will not regret his decision. It’s a shame for the Gophers, but that is the residual effect of firing a coach after a successful year both in terms of wins and recruiting.
“Combine his great work ethic, his great family background and his commitment to academics,” Izzo said, “and I expect him to be the type of player that really develops during his time as a Spartan, enjoying the complete student-athlete experience.”