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.

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.


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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.

Pat Rooney: rooneyp@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/prooney07