Former Duke basketball commit enters transfer portal

Former Duke basketball commit Boogie Ellis (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)
Former Duke basketball commit Boogie Ellis (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports) /

Former Duke basketball commit Boogie Ellis has entered the transfer portal. 

The transfer portal is alive and well as a once-suspected Duke basketball player has entered the transfer portal in Memphis shooting guard Boogie Ellis.

Ellis was originally committed to play for the Blue Devils two years ago before getting his release from head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the program, decommitting and going to play for Penny Hardaway and the Memphis Tigers.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore guard was thought to be a potential one-and-done but had a productive freshman season, averaging 8.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 33.0-percent from the field and 32.4-percent from three-point range.

Returning for his sophomore season, Boogie Ellis saw his production increase nearly across the board with 10.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game with improved shooting numbers of 40.1-percent from the floor and 38.6-percent from deep.

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Ellis is coming off of a 23-point showing in the NIT Championship Game for Memphis, a victory over Mississippi State.

Boogie Ellis joined the top-ranked recruiting class in 2019 alongside James Wiseman, Precious Achiuwa, DJ Jeffries, Lester Quinones, Malcolm Dandridge, and Damion Baugh.

Ellis was ranked as a four-star recruit and the No. 38 player in the nation, No. 6 combo guard in his class, and No. 5 player in the state of California, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

DJ Jeffries also announced his intentions to transfer from Memphis on Wednesday afternoon.

Duke basketball not in the race for its former recruit

Duke is a very unlikely landing spot for Boogie Ellis out of the transfer portal due to the plethora of guards the Blue Devils could have next season with Jeremy Roach, DJ Steward, and potentially Trevor Keels all on the roster.

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It seems likely that the San Diego, California native will head back to the West Coast after his two seasons in Tennessee to try and achieve his goals of one day playing in the NBA.

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