The 6-10 210-pound Octavius Ellis signed with Cincinnati after prepping at Memphis’ Whitehaven High School. He played just three games with the Bearcats due to a hand injury (received a medical redshirt) and eventually left the school to play at Trinity Valley (Tex.) Community College. In his first year there he averaged 13.1 points per game shooting at a 66.8 percent clip, as well as averaging 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocks a game.
Ellis visited Arizona State last week and shared his experience with Devils Digest.
“Arizona State plays in the Pac-12 and it’s a good conference to play in,” Ellis said. “I like it that they are on the West Coast and have such a great coaching staff. I liked everything I saw on the visit, the weight room, the (basketball) facility, the whole campus and meeting with the coaches and players.
“They play my type of game, playing real fast, pressuring at times…and they like their big men to be able to really run the floor which I do well. I got to talk to Shaq (McKissic) and Brandan (Kearney) and they told me how the coaches were really cool guys. They don’t tell you what you want to hear because they care about you. They want you to get better as a person and as a player.”
The Trinity Valley standout noted that the sentiments that the current players expressed were in line with his experience with the Sun Devil staff throughout the recruiting process.
“I was talking to Coach Sendek and Coach Johnson,” Ellis commented. “But I never had a head coach talk to me on the phone as much as Coach Sendek did. We were talking a lot the past two weeks. He told me that if I came here I would play against great competition every night and that’s something that I want to get back to.
“I also know that they are losing two (frontcourt) players after this year so they need some size there.”
Ellis was considering East Carolina aside from ASU. He plans to sign his National Letter of Intent in November and will have two years of eligibility remaining.