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USC Basketball: 3 things for Boogie Ellis to work on this summer

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No. 2 thing for USC Basketball's Boogie Ellis to work on this summer: Ability to make plays for his teammates

USC basketball has a stud in Boogie Ellis. Although Ellis may be one of the nation's best guards, he has flaws. As an undersized guard, Ellis must be able to make plays for his teammates. He's already a good play-maker, but he must be great if he wants to dominate at the highest level.

In one of his best games of the season, Ellis popped off for 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. Six assists may not seem like many, but Ellis constantly made plays for his teammates throughout the game. There were several fast breaks where he threw an alley-oop to his teammate running in transition, and finished the play.

Last season, Ellis only averaged 2.4 assists on an assist percentage of 15.7. That is not a good look for an undersized guard who is entering the most crucial season of his young career. Furthermore, he had an assist/turnover ratio of 1.33. These numbers are not good at all. The primary focus for Ellis this summer should be passing and creating open shots for his teammates. If Ellis can improve as a play-maker, he could see more opportunities to score the basketball.

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