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What’s Next For Duke, Ellis After Decommitment?

Lots of options for Ellis, minimal impact for Duke

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 20: Trendon Watford #8 drives against Boogie Ellis #23 during the Jordan Brand Classic boys high school all-star basketball game at T-Mobile Arena on April 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Now that Boogie Ellis has decommitted from Duke basketball, there are two main questions: what happens for Duke and what happens for Ellis?

It will hit Duke’s backcourt depth a bit but probably not too much. Tre Jones is back and while it would be good to give him some rest he managed heavy minutes as a freshman without too much trouble.

Jordan Goldwire emerged this year as a reliable defender and at least competent offensively and got better later in the season.

Alex O’ Connell should help as well. He’s taller at 6-6 and a solid shooter. And of course freshman Cassius Stanley is an elite athlete. Wendell Moore can probably get some backcourt minutes too.

So Duke should be okay without Ellis.

What are his options now?

In an interesting twist, Memphis is in pursuit. RJ Hampton, who was high on Duke until Stanley committed, is a major target there. Would Penny Hardaway have to choose one? And would that have an effect on Kentucky or Kansas?

Gonzaga may also get involved again and with a lot of departures, including point guard Josh Perkins, so he could get minutes.

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