Just hours after Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning discovered that Aaron Rountree will graduate early and open up a scholarship, Manning offered 2015 6'5" shooting guard Malik Ellison out of Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey. He currently holds offers from Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State, and Xavier. He is a 3-star prospect according to Rivals, however 247 ranks him as a 4-star prospect. He is the son of Pervis Ellison, who was the number one NBA draft pick in 1989 and is currently his head coach. Oddly enough, Danny Manning was the number one NBA draft pick in 1988.
Wake forest offer— Malik Ellison (@likellison13) March 18, 2015
According to 247's Crystal Ball, he is a Minnesota lean, but this was before Wake Forest offered, and he has not picked up any additional predictions in nearly two months. Manning has seen him play in-person several times, including a game in which Ellison scored 28 points. Ellison can attack the rim and is a good shooter. He isn't an elite defender, but he is still recovering from a broken tibia.
Ellison would be an excellent addition to Wake Forest's team next season and moving forward. He plans on taking several official visits following his high school season, and hopefully Wake Forest is one of them. Please continue to follow Blogger So Dear as the recruiting cycle continues to heat up.