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Saturday / November 17.
  • Boogie Ellis to Duke

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Boogie Ellis, the 6-foot-2 point guard from Mission Bay (CA) and the Oakland Soldiers AAU program, committed to Duke on Friday night.

    Ellis chose the Blue Devils over Memphis, North Carolina, San Diego State and USC.

    He had officially visited Duke, Memphis, and UNC. Ellis has also taken an unofficial San Diego State.

    “He’s the ultimate hard worker, competitor and great teammate,” said Oakland Soldiers coach Loren Leath. “And he he can shoot the lights out.”

    This year on the Nike EYBL Circuit, Ellis averaged 17.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 23 games played.

    According to 247Sports, Ellis is ranked No. 25 nationally and is the No. 3 player from California.

    With freshmen studs R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish likely headed to the NBA in 2019, Ellis will slide in to the 2019-20 version of the Blue Devils. Freshman point guard Tre Jones may or may not be around next season, but is considered a future pro down the line.

    After Tuesday’s 34-point win over Kentucky in the Champions Classic, Ellis couldn’t have helped but be impressed. Some in the basketball world are already talking about Duke possibly going undefeated this season, but as I wrote on Forbes.com, we should pump the brakes on that notion.

    Ellis joins wing Wendell Moore in Duke’s 2019 class. They remain involved for wing Matthew Hurt and bigs Isaiah Stewart and Vern Carey, among others.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.