Duke Basketball: Four-star 2019 CG Boogie Ellis set to announce final five

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After hosting Boogie Ellis for an official visit this weekend, the Duke basketball coaches will know in a couple of days if they impressed him enough to make his next cut.

By chanting his name, the Cameron Crazies were able to convince four-star 2019 combo guard Boogie Ellis to cross the floor and stand with them as they cheered on the Duke basketball team during its 132-48 thumping of Ferris State in its final exhibition game on Saturday.

Surely the excitement of that experience alone was enough to sway Ellis, who used his fifth and final visit to check out the Durham campus, to include the Blue Devils on the list of his five potential destinations for next season. But we will know for sure on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST, according to a tweet by Tipton Edits.

As has become the norm with recruits, expect Ellis — ranked No. 35 overall and No. 7 at his position on the 247Sports Composite — to make the announcement via a tweeted image, with the help of Tipton Edits, that displays him in the jerseys of his final five.

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In August, the 6-foot-2, 165-pound San Diego native had trimmed his list to eight schools, none of which were Duke. However, at that time, Duke — as well as UNC, which he has called his “dream school” — had not yet offered him a scholarship. Now that both rival schools have, and he has taken official visits to both, it should be no surprise if both end up on this new list.

In fact, although his list will be five deep, the battle for his services is more than likely now a race between the two latecomers to his recruitment. Currently, 75 percent of the experts at the 247Sports Crystal Ball are predicting he will choose Duke — that number has been increasing by the day as of late — and 12 percent are pegging him as a future Tar Heel (the other 12 percent predict he will stay close to home by attending USC, the early favorite before Duke and UNC extended him offers).

Despite not being a true point guard, Ellis would provide much-needed depth at guard — especially if current freshman Tre Jones decides to enter the 2019 NBA Draft — for next season and probably for several years to come (meaning he isn’t likely to be on pro scouts’ radars as a potential one-and-done college player).

So far on the recruiting trail, Duke has picked up one commitment; that came at the beginning of October from five-star small forward Wendell Moore — whose recruitment, like that of Ellis, was led by first-year Blue Devils assistant Chris Carrawell.

In addition to Ellis, who most expect to make a final decision before the fall signing period begins on Nov. 14, head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff still have offers on the table to Vernon Carey Jr. (ranked No. 2 on the composite rankings), Cole Anthony (No. 3), Isaiah Stewart (No. 5), and Matthew Hurt (No. 6).

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