USC Men's Basketball Signs Memphis Transfer Boogie Ellis
LOS ANGELES – The USC men's basketball program has added transfer guard Rejean "Boogie" Ellis to its 2021-22 roster, it was announced by head coach Andy Enfield today (May 3). The junior guard will have three more seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2021-22 season.
OFFICIAL: @BoogieEllis is a Trojan! pic.twitter.com/B0Ra63Q0gE
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Ellis is a 6-3, 180-pound guard from San Diego, Calif who averaged 10.2 points per game during the 2020-21 season at Memphis which helped earn him co-Sixth Man of the Year honors in the AAC. He started 15 of the Tigers' 28 games and made 51 three-point baskets, hitting at a 38.6 clip from beyond the arc. He was third on the team in scoring and second in three-point baskets made. Memphis went 11-2 down the stretch after Ellis became a fi xture in the starting lineup in February. During that time he averaged 12.3 points per game. Ellis scored 27 points in a loss to Houston in the AAC Tournament, and then scored a team-high 23 points in Memphis' 77-65 NIT championship victory over Mississippi State.
During his freshman season at Memphis, Ellis started 27 of 31 games for the Tigers and averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds. His 36 three-point baskets made ranked third on the team. In two seasons at Memphis, Ellis averaged 9.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 59 games.
Ellis graduated from San Diego Mission Bay High in 2019 as the No. 32 overall recruit according to 247Sports.com. As a junior at Mission Bay High, Ellis averaged 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and was named the San Diego Section Player of the Year. He led his team to the 2018 Open Division title by scoring 34 points vs. Torrey Pines. He led his team to an 18-13 record as a senior and narrowly missed out on repeating as San Diego Section Player of the Year.
Ellis joins a USC team which went 25-8 during the 2020-21 season and reached the NCAA's Elite Eight. USC's 47 wins over the past two seasons are the third-most among all teams from the Power Six basketball conferences, trailing only Baylor (54) and Kansas (49).