Ellison out to make name for himself

Walking around the Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest on Saturday, there were familiar faces every which way you turned. With coaches representing nearly every conference in college basketball, it was difficult to look in any one direction and not see a recognizable face.

For those with a memory that runs a bit deeper, there was another face there that likely caused a double-take. Pervis Ellison, the first pick in the 1989 NBA draft out of Louisville and MVP of 1986 Final Four, was also milling about. Pervis was at the Philly Jam Fest with his son, 2015 wing guard Malik Ellison. Malik comes from great athletic lineage. In addition to his father being an NBA player, his mother was an ACC Champion sprinter at Maryland. But Malik is out to make a name for himself. Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with the talented sophomore on Saturday.

A 6'3 shooting guard who attends Life Center Academy (NJ), Malik Ellison spoke on his high school season. "It was really good," Malik began. "We played against top competition and did pretty good. Individually, Malik Ellison told Hawk Hill Hardwood that he averaged "around 17 points and 5 assists a game" this year for Life Center Academy, where he is coached by his father.

Life Center Academy had a successful 2012-2013 campaign, and the future looks even brighter. Next year, sophomore point guard Traci Carter will transfer from Roman Catholic (PA) into Life Center. 2015 forward Tyler Kohl will also be at Life Center. Malik, Tyler, and Traci all play AAU together as well.

Malik went on, talking about last weekend's Pitt Jam Fest. "We played some really good teams on the last day there, and we won the championship." At 6'3, Malik's size gives him versatility. "For AAU, I play shooting guard and just try to play tough defense. I was looking to create for my teammates and to score too."

While it is still extremely early in the process, Malik Ellison is already starting to garner major college attention. His skill set, combined with his growth (4 inches over the past year), his strong academics, and his bloodlines, make him an attractive 2015 prospect. "Ohio State gave me a call last night (Friday)," Malik began. He also listed interest from "Penn State and Xavier."

On Tuesday, Malik will take his first unofficial visit. "I'm going to St. Joe's on Tuesday," Malik told Hawk Hill Hardwood. "It's my first college visit."

Alongside Derrick Jones, Traci Carter, Tim Delaney, Tyler Kohl, and Ernest Aflakpui, Malik Ellison and We R-1 have taken the 16u circuit by storm this spring. As more and more college coaches flock to watch the talented group of underclassmen this spring and summer, the whole team should see their stock rise. Malik Ellison is already seeing exactly that start to take place.

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