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Posted On: 10/12/15 10:30 PM

Jake Ellis has been preparing for this role almost from the minute he stepped onto a basketball court at Castle View.

“I’ve been looking forward to my senior year ever since I was a freshman,” said Ellis, a sharp-shooting 6-foot-3 2016 guard. “This year I think I’ve got to take on a major role as far as scoring and having the ball and being able to make plays. So that’s just exciting.”

Ellis, who averaged 7.3 points per game as a junior last season, is the leading returning scorer for a Sabercats team that graduated three double-digit scorers -- Jontrell Herman (17.0 ppg), Caedon Davis (11.3) and Jake Langfeldt (11.2).

That leaves Ellis to shoulder more of a scoring load, a role for which Ellis’ Colorado Connect 17U coach Thomas Trotman believes the guard is more than ready to handle.

“He’s a lights-out shooter from 3, and he has a nice pull-up and mid-range game,” Trotman said. “He makes smart decisions off pick-and-roll situations, a threat to score or find the screener. Strengths are coming off of pin-down screens for open looks. When defensive intensity matches the offensive end ... watch out!”

Ellis played club basketball this past circuit for

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