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Former Duke men's basketball commit Boogie Ellis decides on Memphis

Boogie Ellis originally committed to join the Blue Devils in November.
Boogie Ellis originally committed to join the Blue Devils in November.

The Blue Devils' Class of 2019 commitments kept coming, sparking conversation as to who would become the odd man out.

Unfortunately for Duke, that decision may get a little bit easier.

247Sports' Evan Daniels reported May 2 that four-star guard Boogie Ellis asked to be released from his Letter of Intent. Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge confirmed the report and stated that Ellis has officially been granted his release.

Less than two weeks later, Ellis found a new landing spot. The San Diego native tweeted Monday that he will join Memphis, and will join a star-studded recruiting class that includes James Wiseman, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2019.



"I would like to thank Duke University and the coaching staff for recruiting me," Ellis tweeted May 2. "However, after much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to ask for my release and re-open my recruitment."

Ellis committed to the Blue Devils back in November, prior to commitments from higher-rated recruits Matthew Hurt and Cassius Stanley, in addition to the return of point guard Tre Jones for his sophomore season.

According to ESPN, Ellis was also considering and had offers from Arizona, Georgia Tech, Gonzaga, Memphis, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, San Diego State and Southern California at the time of his commitment.

Note: This story was updated May 16 to reflect Ellis' commitment to Memphis.


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