USC basketball hears perfect Boogie Ellis news
USC basketball starting guard Boogie Ellis has chosen to withdraw from the NBA Draft and head back to the Trojans for 2022, according to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein.
This is great news that the Trojans certainly wanted to hear. Ellis not only started last year after finding his way to L.A. as a transfer last offseason (Memphis), but he was ultra-productive for the Trojans.
Ellis averaged 12.5 points per contest, while nailing 37.6% of his three-point shots and 41.7% of his field goal attempts. While he needs work on his free throw shooting (79.8%), he was far from the worst free throw shooter on the squad. Ellis was an Honorable Mention for the All-Pac 12 team for his efforts in the 2021-2022 season.
USC basketball will have a talented supporting cast around Boogie Ellis next season.
Boogie Ellis will have many high-ceiling players around him on the 2022 USC basketball squad, but they'll be very young. They just brought in the No. 7 ranked recruiting class in basketball (all recruiting rankings and ratings in article are as of 247Sports).
If he ends up running the point more often, he'll have an interesting set of teammates to facilitate the offense to. SC just signed the No. 5 2022 Center in the nation in five-star Vince Iwuchukwu, as well as the No. 4 Power Forward in four-star Kijani Wright, and the No. 7 player in all of California--four-star Small Forward Tre White.
Ellis will have an intriguing frontcourt that will give him the chance to run an effective offense if he takes the ball up more frequently during his senior season with Drew Peterson off to the draft. Even if he's more of a two guard, him being back creates a balanced offense where his productivity and experience will complement SC's new wave of talented big men.