2019 four-star point guard Boogie Ellis cut his schools down to eight today, and Gonzaga is still in the mix.
Final 8️⃣ ! I would like to thank all the coaches that have recruited me during this process! pic.twitter.com/9MFjn4C1PL— Boogie Ellis (@BoogieEllis) August 14, 2018
It is a little bit of an eclectic list of schools, with the major heavy hitters of the west coast there, including Arizona and Oregon. The Zags offered Ellis a scholarship spot after his performance on the EYBL Circuit, where he averaged over 14 points per game.
Ellis is the No. 6 ranked point guard in the class of 2019 according to 247 Sports, and the No. 81 ranked player overall. It would seem, however, that the Zags are in an uphill climb to land his services.
San Diego Union Tribune reporter Mark Zeigler says the hometown connections to San Diego will be hard to beat.
“[SDSU is] in there for sure,” said Marshawn Cherry, his coach at Mission Bay who also has a long history developing San Diego’s top college prospects through his SDA club. “He loves the staff. They do a great job of recruiting him. The great thing about Boogie is he’s a loyal kid and very family oriented. And this is his hometown school. They have a great shot because of that.”
The Zags will be in a prime spot to offer plenty of minutes to any incoming recruit for the 2019-20 year. By then, both Josh Perkins and Geno Crandall will have graduated. There is the potential that Zach Norvell bounces for the NBA early, depending on how his season progresses.
Worst case scenario, the Zags will enter the 2019-20 season with a backcourt consisting of Joel Ayayi, Greg Foster, Brock Ravet, and Corey Kispert. Best case scenario, Norvell is still in the mix. Either way, a true point guard would be a necessary compliment to that squad.