Posted On: 04/14/18 5:00 AM
Usually when you picture versatility on the basketball court there’s a vision of a 6’6” lengthy wing or a stretch big.
But, what about a 6’3” guard who has a variety of skills on the offensive end and defends 1 through 3? Let us introduce you to 6’3” guard Trevon Ellis (2019), who averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 assists, and 6.0 rebounds as a junior at Dayton Stivers.
Ellis impressed us with the Cincy Lakers last weekend at the Bearcat Classic, his first AAU tournament in some time after he focused on skill development last summer. We figured colleges would already be on him. But, it turns out, he’s yet to really truly start the process.
“I’ve had a couple colleges reach out to my [Stivers] coach. But I’m not really sure which ones,” Ellis told us. “I know for sure Liberty University talked to him … mostly just like D-IIs and local stuff like that.”
Although Ellis hasn’t had direct contact with any college programs, he has a vision for what he’d like to do at the next level.
“Before sports, I’ve always wanted to own my own business or start my own bank because I like math. Probably a school that has a good business program,” Ellis said.
He carries a 3.9 GPA and scored a 21 on his first ACT attempt.
As far as basketball goes, the story on Ellis is that he can find a way to make an impact regardless of team.
“I feel like I can play in any type of style. I mean, I’m preferably a 1 because I don’t know if I’m going to be that tall. But I like to just run up and down and play,” Ellis said.
After doing it all for Stivers in the winter, he already understands what he needs to do with the Lakers just one weekend in.
“I see my role as being a leader. Someone that can bring energy at the beginning of games. Usually teams start out slow, I’m usually the guy to get everybody going,” Ellis said.
“[I’m the] defensive anchor. Getting steals, getting deflections, getting rebounds … It’s pretty much everything. They ask me to do everything because I can handle it.”
While that may seem like an exaggeration, it’s truly not. Ellis does pretty much everything imaginable inside the arch. His interior passing, rebounding on both ends, mid-range shooting, finishing are all weapons.
“It’s just that versatility. Just being able to do it all and not being limited by my opponents,” Ellis explained.
Coaches should keep an eye on Ellis, who looked the part as a scholarship-level guard last weekend. This Lakers team is at the Buckeye Prep tournament now and is taking the trip to Pittsburgh for the JamFest next weekend.