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Bruuce Ellington heads back to basketball full time

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For once we're not short on fast, elusive guys so I don't think it will be too hard to replace him.    He was a very good, but not great, return man.   Plus with Connor Shaw's expertise at running the zone-read it's not like we really need much of a 'Wildcat' package anyway.

Obviously the more weapons on our football team the better, but in the long run this is probably the right decision for Bruce and USC athletics.
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View PostOmahaBound, on 12 March 2012 - 02:37 PM, said:

For once we're not short on fast, elusive guys so I don't think it will be too hard to replace him. He was a very good, but not great, return man.   Plus with Connor Shaw's expertise at running the zone-read it's not like we really need much of a 'Wildcat' package anyway.

Obviously the more weapons on our football team the better, but in the long run this is probably the right decision for Bruce and USC athletics.

Between Sanders and Byrd we should be alright, not to mention Shaq Roland and Shamier Jeffery. Seems like he would have a better shot at a career in football(probably has zero chance of playing basketball in America), but it's his decision to make I guess.

Was he ever on a football scholarship?

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View Postcocky4ever, on 12 March 2012 - 03:06 PM, said:


Between Sanders and Byrd we should be alright, not to mention Shaq Roland and Shamier Jeffery. Seems like he would have a better shot at a career in football(probably has zero chance of playing basketball in America), but it's his decision to make I guess.

Was he ever on a football scholarship?
According to the article, it appears he was on football scholarship this past season:  "Assuming his decision is final to stay on the basketball court, he will come off of football scholarship and return to basketball scholarship. That means that, with the departure of senior Malik Cooke, there are two open basketball scholarships."
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In football he will get only a few touches but in basketball as the starting point guard he will be able to showcase his skills, he is in control of his future He needs to continue to improve his outside shot and his ball handling. He difinately has more future with basketball in my opinion. I think he made the right decision. Either way he is definately a great player.

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View Postuscrules, on 12 March 2012 - 03:21 PM, said:

In football he will get only a few touches but in basketball as the starting point guard he will be able to showcase his skills, he is in control of his future He needs to continue to improve his outside shot and his ball handling. He difinately has more future with basketball in my opinion. I think he made the right decision. Either way he is definately a great player.
Great player...and people will always remember that amazing catch he had against clemson this past season. I'd think he would have more potential for football(if Devon Downey couldnt make it to the NBA I dont see how Ellington could). But, perhaps he figured he may as well play the game he loves more. And like you said, he'll be a much bigger factor on the basketball court so I'll trust he made the right decision for himself.

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I don't really see him having a shot at the NFL either though.   This way he can focus on basketball and have a potentially lucrative career playing in Europe or Asia if he chooses to do so.
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