MSU announced today that Chicago guard Alvin Ellis III has signed with MSU for the class of 2013. He joins forward Gavin Schilling.
Ellis and Schilling actually played together in high school for the 2011-12 season. Ellis is a former Minnesota commit who reopened things after Tubby Smith was let go. Wonder if Izzo and Smith's relationship played a factor.
Here's what MSU put out in a release
Alvin Ellis III
6-4, 190 pounds
De La Salle High School
Averaged 20 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a senior at Chicago De La Salle High School ... Led the Meteors to a 17-8 record and an appearance in the regional finals while earning Class 4A second-team all-state honors ... IBCA (Illinois Basketball Coaches Association) First-Team All-State selection ... Two-time All-Catholic League North selection ... Averaged 17.0 points, 4.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 steals as a junior ... Shot 41 percent from 3-point range as a junior ... Scored 42 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, in the 2012 Illinois Class 4A regional title game ... Two-year team captain at De La Salle ... Played with fellow MSU signee Gavin Schilling in 2011-12 (junior season) ... Captured Catholic League North and regional titles as a sophomore.
Izzo on Ellis:
"Alvin will be a great addition to our backcourt. 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. Combine his great work ethic, his great family background and his commitment to academics, 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."
My first impression, though I have not seen him, is that he reminds me of Brandan Kearney. They have the same build, and could have the same role, but it appears Ellis has a better shooting stroke.
Getting another solid signee is big, and it puts less pressure on Izzo to bring in a huge class in 2014. He can focus on the big targets, and two recruits for 2013 balances things out a bit.
We will have more on Ellis here at some point.