Ellis, former Duke commit, joins Memphis' strong class
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Rejean "Boogie" Ellis, who was released from his commitment to Duke earlier this month, committed to Memphis on Tuesday.
The guard, from Mission Bay High School in San Diego, was rated No. 38 in ESPN's list of the nation's top prep prospects and No. 37 by 247Sports. He had originally committed to the Blue Devils in November.
Ellis joins an excellent recruiting class for Memphis coach Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, a former NBA point guard who compiled a 22-14 record in his first year on the job last season.
The Tigers previously landed consensus No. 1-rated prospect James Wiseman, a center from Memphis; forward D.J. Jeffries of Olive Branch, Miss., a consensus top-50 prospect; and shooting guard Lester Quinones of Bradenton, Fla., and center Malcolm Dandridge from Memphis, both consensus top-100 prospects.
Ellis told 247Sports he chose Memphis for "the opportunity to learn from Penny at the point guard spot and (have him) be able to show me first hand on how to be a point guard and the opportunity to come and play right away with some great pieces around James Wiseman, D.J. Jeffries and Lester (Quinones)."
In addition, guard Rayjon Tucker is transferring from Little Rock to Memphis. Tucker averaged 20.3 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Trojans last season.
Memphis' recruiting class is ranked fourth in the country by 247Sports and eighth in the nation by ESPN.
Even without Ellis, Duke's class is still ranked No. 1 by ESPN and No. 3 by 247Sports.