USC Basketball G Boogie Ellis was recently seen playing basketball in the Drew League on Saturday, and on the same team as all-time NBA great LeBron James. That in itself is already enough of a dream come true, but it didn't end there. Ellis and James put up a highlight for the ages together:
An off-the-backboard lob to King James. Imagine that. Imagine being in Ellis' shoes, as an excellent college player who's been grinding his whole life to play basketball at the highest levels, and is throwing lobs off the glass to LBJ before he's even done playing college ball. It doesn't get better than that.
USC basketball legend DeMar DeRozan also started with them on their team. It was a great representation of not only USC basketball, but L.A. basketball in general. And for Ellis to be able to play with two stars in the NBA like that, it's very valuable offseason experience.
Boogie Ellis looks to have a phenomenal season for the USC basketball program this upcoming year.
In his first season with USC basketball, Boogie Ellis dropped a career-high 12.5 points per game, averaged a career-high 2.4 assists per game, and shot a career-high 41.7% field goal percentage. He shot an excellent 37.6% three-point percentage too.
His free throw percentage (79.8%) could have been better, but it was by far the best of his three-year playing career, showing that he's on the rise. After all, he's clearly spending his offseason wisely--spending time playing with and learning from arguably the best player in basketball history.
James is an 18-time NBA All-Star, a four-time NBA MVP, and a four-time NBA Finals MVP. Even in this past year, in his age-37 season, he still averaged 30.3 points per game. He's still got quite a lot to demonstrate for Ellis, as he is still an NBA superstar even as he enters Year 20 in the league.
Seeing Ellis and James thrive on the court together was amazing. Seeing them do it with another Trojan in DeRozan made it even better. Realizing that Ellis is living his dream while getting better makes this a perfect moment for him in general, and this offseason where he looks to keep progressing as a player.