Jamarcus Ellis Shows He Still Has Superior Basketball Skills

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Jamarcus Ellis Shows He Still Superstar Skills On The Court

Brian Stinnette
September 13, 2003

Jamarcus Ellis of Chicago Westinghouse has only played sparingly on the summer basketball circuit. However, on Saturday, at Mac Irvin’s Adidas Shootout, he once again proved that he is still one of the elite basketball prospects in the state of Illinois.

Ellis, a 6-4 shooting guard, was a starter as a sophomore on the 2002 Westinghouse team that won the Class AA state championship. As a junior, Ellis was sensational on his way to averaging 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists per contest.

Ellis is a superb basketball talent who gets it done on both ends of the floor. The left-hander has the rare ability to dominate all aspects of a basketball game. Ellis is an offensive dynamo who can shoot with range, and is a lethal slasher to the hole. He combines a strong handle with advanced passing skills and instincts. In addition, Ellis ranks with the very best defensive players in the state. Last year, Chicago Hoops boldly called Ellis one of the top shot blocking guards in the country. Roy Schmidt of Illinois Prep Bullseye thinks Ellis just might be the best shot blocking guard to come through Illinois since Everette Stephens of Evanston.

Although he didn’t start for his Westinghouse team on Saturday, Ellis made his presence felt as soon as he stepped on the floor. Going head-to-head against Eric Vierneisel (Jacobs), a California recruit, Ellis immediately went to work with his slashing skills. Vierneisel, who Bob Gibbons ranks as a Top 100 player nationally, was overmatched against Ellis, as Ellis led his Courtmasters team to victory.

Ellis, currently ranked by Chicago Hoops as the #3 Class of 2004 basketball prospect in the state of Illinois, looks like he could mount a strong challenge for the #2 slot once the season gets rolling. Although none of the national analysts have seen him play, he is without question one of the Top 100 Class of 2004 basketball prospects in the country.