South Carolina basketball fans simply cannot wait until Eli Ellis officially signs with the Gamecocks. In addition to being one of the most famous high school basketball players in America, the junior combo guard is one of the best scorers in the entire country, and he is becoming more and more famous by the day.
Ellis is a dynamic offensive player who can score from anywhere on the court. He is an elite shooter and has great finishing touch near the rim that helps make up for his lack of size (listed at just 6'1") and average athleticism.
Playing for Overtime Elite's YNG Dreamerz squad, the 4-star prospect has been on an absolute tear this year, and on Friday, he had one of his best games. Ellis scored 50 points for the second time this season (the first time came about two weeks ago when he was playing with a broken finger), this time against the Diamond Doves on a live broadcast on Amazon Prime Video.
Ellis' big game came with Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Donovan Mitchell sitting courtside, and the pressure of playing in front of an NBA superstar did not seem to phase him at all.
Ellis committed to the Gamecocks back in November, and the consensus top-100 recruit is the type of guy who will be able to help the South Carolina basketball from the minute he steps on campus. With Ellis on the team, not only will the Gamecocks have a potential offensive dynamo on their side, but the team's exposure level will rise dramatically, as well.
Because he is part of the class of 2025, Ellis still has about a year before he can sign with the Gamecocks and about a year and a half before he can join the team (unless he reclassifies). Ellis is joined by 4-star forward Hayden Assemian as USC commitments in the '25 cycle.