CU men’s basketball targets another SoCal guard in Boogie Ellis

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University of Colorado guard Namon Wright, right, is currently the only senior on the Buffs roster coming into the 2018-19 season.

A few weeks ago Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle discussed the nuances and challenges of hitting the summer recruiting circuit with just one open scholarship for the next cycle at his disposal.

It’s not uncharted territory for Boyle, who recruited under a similar one-scholarship situation in the summer of 2014. And with the bulk of the talent on his roster comprised largely of underclassmen, the lone scholarship actually gives Boyle a certain level of flexibility, as he told at the time:

“If we sign one in November, it’s going to be a guy we want, not a guy we settle on.”

It seems the Buffs indeed have found a player they want.

Over the weekend Boogie Ellis, a 6-foot-2 guard out of San Diego, announced via his Twitter account that he has received an offer from CU.

Ellis is rated as a four-star prospect by both and, and he is coming off the summer showcase season having greatly improved his status. Ellis was named to 247Sports’ “All-July Team” for his efforts at the Nike Peach Jam, where Ellis averaged 23 points while leading his Oakland Soldiers squad to the semifinals. According to 247Sports, Ellis knocked down 23 of 40 3-point attempts during the tournament.

Also according to 247Sports, Ellis has additional offers from the Buffs’ Pac-12 rivals at Arizona, USC, and Arizona State, in addition to San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton. has Ellis receiving offers from Cal and Georgia Tech as well. Ellis also tweeted last week that he had received an offer from Gonzaga.

CU will have only one senior this upcoming season in guard Namon Wright, and Boyle has said previously that landing a guard to fill that spot has been a priority for the 2019 recruiting class. This year the Buffs had also targeted Ethan Anderson, a guard out of Los Angeles, but last month he announced his verbal commitment to UNLV.

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