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Ellington giving up Gamecocks football for hoops

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Yesterday we noted a report that an Arizona State basketball player was giving up hoops in order to pursue a career in football.

This afternoon, a South Carolina student-athlete has done exactly the same, only in reverse.

The Gamecocks announced via a press release Monday that All-SEC Freshman Bruce Ellington has decided to commit to playing basketball for the Gamecocks and will no longer be a part of the football program.  The move is actually a return to a full-time commitment to the hardwood for Ellington; in 2010-11 Ellington was USC’s leading scorer, and he played this past hoops season as well.

In March of last year the wide receiver decided to give up the round ball for an oblong one.  Now, he’s officially switched his sports path.

“Basketball’s always been my first love,” said Ellington in a statement. “After giving it a lot of thought, this is the decision I’ve made. If you want to be great at something you have to commit to it full-time. I appreciate Coach Spurrier for giving me an opportunity to play football at South Carolina.

“It was a great experience, but right now I want to focus on basketball. I also want to thank all the fans for their support throughout my time in Columbia.”

During the 2011 football season, Ellington posted 707 all-purpose yards for the Gamecocks, with 211 receiving yards, 106 rushing yards and 390 yards on kick returns.

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6 Responses to “Ellington giving up Gamecocks football for hoops”
  1. woebegong says: Mar 12, 2012 5:36 PM

    Was he all SEC in football or basketball? The article doesn’t say what he was. He must feel pretty good about his chances at basketball, because he is only 5’9″, and there aren’t that many Muggsy Boggs around. His stats. for football, would lead me to believe he must have been all SEC freshman in basketball, and if so, this kid is special.

  2. thegamecocker says: Mar 12, 2012 6:13 PM

    I would take Bruce Ellington on my Checkers Team if that is the sport he wanted to play. He is a special Student-Athlete and Carolina should be proud to have him! He’s a terrific young man. Best of luck, Bruce.

  3. jonkybon says: Mar 13, 2012 7:31 AM

    Someone please check to see if Hell has frozen over because I actually agree with something gamecocker posted.

  4. thegamecocker says: Mar 13, 2012 2:51 PM

    Ahhhh, Jonkybon:

    Finally we can agree on something. How about this: I will man-up and offer the proverbial “olive branch.” If you treat me with dignity and respect, than I will show the same respect to you. We don’t always have to agree but we can be reasonable and respectable about it. I’m game if you are.

  5. jonkybon says: Mar 13, 2012 9:09 PM

    @Gamecocker, I rarely go after a poster that doesn’t attack me at least twice.

    That said, if you want a clean slate and to start over, I’m game (no pun intended) also. I’d much prefer to have a civil discussion/arguement, esp when its about something I/we have no control over. I wont stop dumping on your team; but unless I feel personally offended by you, I wont make it personal. If you feel I have insulted YOU underserved, please let me know. If it is warranted I will apologize and/or explain myself. I realize sometimes we all say thing that aren’t meant as a personal attack, but it taken as such.

    Therefore: In the spirit of your olive branch, I want to apologize for anything nasty I’ve said to and about you in our past. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll sit down and good naturedly argue over a couple of cocktails.

  6. abrellbama says: Mar 14, 2012 12:53 AM

    You don’t need to be that chummy guys. No “kissy face” stuff going on now. 😀

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