You know, I wrote that headline and laughed to myself. As if national attention is anything new to Ellis. Here’s a USA Today story on Ellis.
There’s lots of stories on Ellis that I don’t put up. Pretty much every college that has shown interest in him writes about him often because they’re trying to keep their fan base up to speed on a possible future player. I put this one up, though, because recently someone on the blog questioned Ellis’ skill and the attention he gets.
Again, I laughed to myself. The kid is legit.
Why else would I have walked into the Heights gym and talked to Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Bill Self, Frank Martin, Johnny Dawkins, Gregg Marshall there? All to watch Ellis.
Here’s what I think happens, and I think it happens to most of the top athletes — we get used to seeing what they can do. When the studs make a blow-your-mind move, we shrug. We’ve seen it before.
Why do I say this? Because I saw it happen to Tiffany Bias. “Eh, she had an OK game last night.” What? Did you see the spin move? The quickness of her hands to get that steal and blow past anyone else on the way to a layup?
Same thing happened to Bryce Brown. “Eh, he was OK. Did you see him fumble?” Yep, he did fumble, it’s an issue he has to correct and one he definitely improved on by his senior season. But did you see what happened when he got the ball? My goodness, he ran around and through and away from everyone else.
I see the same thing happening to Ellis. Really, not all players can do what he does. Really. Maybe you’ll realize that after he’s gone. We are fortunate in the Wichita area to have some of the best basketball players in the state. It’s exciting. But what Ellis can do is not the norm.
I’m not trying to pump up any of the kids that I mentioned — they do that all by themselves. I’m just trying to point out that you need to relish what you’re watching, enjoy it, because when it’s gone, it could be a while before we see it again.