Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Overtime Elite guard Eli Ellis pledges to South Carolina
By DYLAN LUTEY
Four-star Overtime Elite point guard Eli Ellis has committed to South Carolina.
The 6-0 point guard out of Moravian Prep (NC) chose the Gamecocks over
Charleston, VCU, Mississippi St., and Virginia Tech.
The 6-foot point guard announced his decision on a live stream with On3 Sports right before his team’s home game against Oak Hill Academy.
“Coach [Lamont] Paris and them believed in me,” Ellis said. “They are in the SEC, big time with Kentucky and all of the guys in there. No one really thought I could play at that level, play in the SEC. Coach Paris and that staff really believed in me and they really have a plan for me to play there. I just really trust them.”
Ellis is currently ranked as the 26th point guard in the class of 2025 by ESPN and will join three-star forward Hayden Assemian in head coach Lamont Paris’ 2025 recruiting class.
The Gamecocks have also earned commitments from class of 2024 three-star forwards Trent Noah and Okku Federiko.
He averaged 13.8 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game last season and has started his junior season off hot. Most notably, on November 10th, he hit a buzzer-beating 3 to help his team beat The Burlington School 67-66; he finished with 15 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds.
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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.