May 18, 2017Pitt Lands St. John’s Transfer Malik Ellison
PITTSBURGH – Rising junior Malik Ellison will join the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball program as a traditional transfer after spending the past two seasons at St. John’s University, school officials officially announced Thursday. The 6-6 guard will sit the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
“Malik is an outstanding young man with the skill set and athleticism to be a terrific player in our program,” said head coach Kevin Stallings. “He is a versatile talent with the ability to score, distribute and defend at a high level. We look forward to watching him grow with our team next season and be ready to be one of our leaders for the 2018-19 campaign.”
Ellison averaged 7.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game over 33 games (26 starts) last season for the Red Storm. He shot 41.9 percent from the field and made 30 three-point field goals on the year. The Voorhees, N.J., native scored in double figures eight times as a sophomore, including a pair of 20+ point games over Penn State and DePaul. As a freshman, Ellison scored in double figures six times and averaged 7.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, while appearing in 24 contests.
The son of former Louisville and NBA standout Pervis Eillison, he becomes the seventh addition to the Pitt roster this offseason. He joins an incoming recruiting class featuring Rivals Top 100 guard Marcus Carr, juco standout Jared Wilson-Frame, athletic Canadian wing Shamiel Stevenson, spring signee Khameron Davis and emerging big men Terrell Brown and Peace Ilegomah.
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