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RECRUITING: Cyclones standing out to ’21 JUCO PG El Ellis

Iowa State is standing out for one of the nation’s top junior college guards in the 2021 recruiting class.

The Cyclones have been recruiting Tallahassee Community College product El Ellis for quite some time and that process will continue on Wednesday as the 6-foot-3, 175-pound point guard is scheduled to virtually meet with Steve Prohm, as first reported by Stockrisers.

“I could come in right away and make an impact from day one,” Ellis told Cyclone Fanatic on Wednesday afternoon about Iowa State’s recruiting pitch to him. “I’ll be able to showcase my ability to go pro.”

Ellis, who currently holds 22 scholarships from additional schools such as Louisville, NC State, Arizona State, Nebraska, Georgia, Oregon, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, is expected to release a top-eight list on June 12. He was included on our list of names to know for the 2021 recruiting cycle earlier this month.

“I’ve spoken with Coach Prohm a bunch,” Ellis said. “We have a pretty good relationship at this point.”

Ellis, a native of Durham, N.C., averaged 14.3 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds for the Eagles as a freshman last season while shooting 40.3 percent from 3-point range and 47.9 percent from the field. He averaged 16.7 points, 4.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game as a senior at Quality Education Academy to conclude a stellar prep career that saw him score 2,383 points overall.

He was named a second-team NJCAA All-American following the 2019-20 season and was named the Panhandle Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.

“I’m pretty interested in Iowa State, they have recruited me for awhile,” Ellis said. “I know Iowa State has a good list of guards that have gone there and played well and went pro.”

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.