Another well-regarded guard out of southern California has opted to pass on Tad Boyle and the Colorado Buffaloes.
On Tuesday afternoon Boogie Ellis, a four-star guard out of San Diego, announced the eight finalists on his recruiting checklist, and CU didn't make the cut. Instead, Ellis narrowed his choices to a list that includes a few of CU's Pac-12 rivals, in addition to a handful of national powerhouses and hometown selection San Diego State.
Also making Ellis' final eight, according to a Twitter announcement he posted, are Oregon, USC, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Oklahoma, and Gonzaga.
Final 8 ! 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
Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com, the 6-foot-2 Ellis has been garnering greater attention following a standout summer that saw him land a spot on 247Sports' "All-July Team." The Buffs also had been pursuing three-star guard Ethan Anderson out of Los Angeles, but last month Anderson made a verbal commitment to UNLV.
Ellis' decision to eliminate the Buffs leaves Boyle still searching for an answer for the lone open scholarship currently at his disposal for the 2019 recruiting class, and it pushes CU a little closer to possibly having that spot go unfilled once basketball's November signing date rolls around. Yet given the continued proliferation of the spring recruiting market — only six of the Buffs' 13 scholarship players for 2018-19 actually signed on the November signing date — going into the spring with that slot still available would allow Boyle to pursue additional options. Those options include diving into the transfer market or eventually targeting a high school prospect whose recruiting gets re-opened late, as was the case with point guard McKinley Wright in the spring of 2017.