South Carolina Football

Bruce Ellington Must Choose South Carolina Football over Basketball

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 5:   Bruce Ellington #23 of the South Carolina Gamecocks is tackled by the defense of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium on November 5, 2011in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Razorbacks defeated the Gamecocks 44 to 28.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Alex RobertsCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2012

Bruce Ellington is a two-sport star for the University of South Carolina.  However, his star is beginning to fade.  The reason?

South Carolina's horrible basketball situation, and his lack of improvement as a basketball player. 

While his shooting percentage as a point guard has improved from 32 to 36 percent, the areas that made him so valuable to the basketball program have gone down significantly.  His assists average and assists-to-turnover ratio have gone way down. 

He is no longer the bright and shining future of our basketball program.  He is no longer viewed as the skilled player who had Devin Downey-like qualities.  He now objectifies all that is wrong with South Carolina's basketball program. 

However, in football, he is viewed differently.  He's viewed as a multidimensional threat—a player that can take back kicks, catch passes, run the Wildcat and basically do anything with the ball in his hands.  With Alshon Jeffery leaving early for the draft, Ellington has an opportunity to become a more consistent threat. 

He has the skills.  As a 4-star athlete in football, he could have played anywhere.  He decided to come play for "coach" Darrin Horn and the "up-and-coming" basketball program. 

Thankfully, he played football his sophomore year and played very well.  The Clemson game really showed what he can do.

Ellington has the skills to be a very good starting wide receiver on a much more prestigious and pro-talent-producing program.  He must choose to play football and concentrate on it fully.  I love the basketball team completely and have followed the team very closely.  I coached the sport and understand it. 

The South Carolina basketball program is at an all-time low while the football program is at an all-time high. 

He can choose to be an average player on a terrible team, or a good player on a great team.  Is that really a choice?

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