The University of Alabama’s backcourt just added some more depth.
Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats and company picked up a verbal commitment from JUCO transfer and four-star guard Keon Ellis per his Twitter page. The Eustis, Fla. native chose Alabama over Kansas State, Western Kentucky, Iowa State, Middle Tennessee State, and Fresno State.
“First I would like to thank God for giving me the ability to play basketball,” Ellis said in a statement. “Next, I want to thank the FSW coaching staff for putting in the position to succeed and showcase my ability. Last, I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me through this JUCO process.
The 6-foot-6, 165 pound combo guard is coming off of a sophomore season at Florida SouthWestern State College where he averaged 18.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. He shot a highly efficient 53.6 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from three-point range.
That stellar season earned him SunCoast Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors to help the Buccaneers to a 29-2 mark on the year. 247Sports rates Ellis as the third best player overall and No. 1 combo guard on the JUCO market.
During his freshman season at FSWSC, Ellis made the Second Team All-Conference Team after averaged 8.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 33 contests.
Ellis joins five-star guard Josh Primo and four-star forward Keon Ambrose-Hylton as the three members of the Crimson Tide’s 2020 recruiting class. Alabama is still in the mix for Yale transfer Jordan Bruner, high school prospect and three-star forward Darius Miles, and another JUCO transfer in Saquan Singleton.