UNT pursuing East Coast shooting guard

Hearing from a school in Texas was of a surprise for South Carolina combo guard Gage Ellis the first time it happened.

These days, it’s becoming more of the norm for the standout Greenville Legacy Charter standout who has seen his stock soar over the last few months as he prepares for his senior season.

Middle Tennessee, Appalachian State and Western Carolina are among the 10 schools that have offered Ellis, who has an offer from Abilene Christian and has heard from Houston in addition to UNT.

UNT assistant coach David Anwar is recruiting Ellis, who has yet to receive an offer from either UNT or Houston.

“Right now I am trying to find a place where the coaching staff is cool, but will get on me when they need to so that they can help me get to the next level,” Ellis said. “I also want to find a place where I feel at home.”

Ellis, who is 6-foot-3, averaged about 17 points a game as a junior.

UNT is in the early stages of recruiting Ellis, who said he has enjoyed getting to know Anwar.

“North Texas’ coaches are coming out to see my team play in July,” Ellis said. “They might offer then.”

Ellis said that the distance from his hometown won’t be a factor in his decision.

“I could stay close to home or could go across the country,” Ellis said. “I want to come on a visit to North Texas. We haven’t talked about it yet. Whether or not I come will depend on if they offer.”

Ellis plans to wait until the end of his senior season to decide where he is headed. As of now, he is wide open to all the schools that are recruiting him.

Ellis will sit down later and carefully consider his options later.

“I am going to have some help with my decision,” Ellis said. “When I break down my schools I am going sit down with mom, my brother and my two AAU coaches and decide where to go.”