Will Jamarcus Ellis return on Friday?

  • 03/12/2008 12:58 pm in

jamarcus.JPGUpdate: According to Terry Hutchens of The Indianapolis Star, Ellis will play on Friday.

That is the question heading into Friday’s Big Ten Tournament opener for the Hoosiers (which yours truly will be attending, by the way). Indiana interim coach Dan Dakich suspended Ellis for Sunday’s game at Penn State for what was described as “disciplinary reasons.” Translation: Ellis wasn’t listening to Dakich.

Anyone who watched the previous four games could see that Ellis wasn’t the same player as he was under Kelvin Sampson. In the Northwestern game he nearly started a fight after Jordan Crawford was fouled and there were instances where Ellis was talking back to Dakich on the sidelines. So Dakich did what he had to do to establish order in a tumultuous situation: he put Ellis on the sidelines.

I’ve read quite a few comments criticizing Ellis for his behavior since Sampson left and rightfully so. However, I also think it’s important to keep things in perspective. I had the opportunity back in August to chat at length with Ellis and came away very impressed with what he had to say. One thing I think a lot of us forget when we talk about Ellis is how strong his loyalty to Sampson really is. Ellis originally signed with Texas A&M and was essentially told by then coach Billy Gillispie to hit the road after he didn’t qualify academically as a freshman. Although I didn’t include that part of the interview in my original post back in August, it was apparent to me that Ellis put a lot of trust in Sampson after being burned by Gillispie. His words, if I recall them correctly, were that Sampson “always stuck with him.”

With that in mind, I hope you all have a bit more understanding of where Jamarcus’ frustration is coming from now that Sampson is gone. As much as many of you don’t like to hear this, a lot of players do sign with a coach and not a program. I think this is a perfect example. The young man most likely feels a bit betrayed that his coach is gone and instead of using it as a rallying cry, he’s chosen to go in the opposite direction.

But if my impression I got from meeting Ellis and talking with him back in August are a measuring stick of how he’ll bounce back from all of this, I expect him to suit up and play well on Friday. He made a mistake and hopefully he’s learned from it and is ready to move on. Indiana is certainly a better and much more dangerous team with a focused Jamarcus Ellis.

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  • ALH_00

    I agree. I don't think Ellis' shot selection is bad at all. When he does take a bad shot it's usually on a drive where he's either caught with no one to pass to (it happens to everyone…see Bassett and EJ) or late in the shot-clock. He and Stemler are the only ones that routinely give up open looks at the three-pointer early in the shot-clock to reset the offense and try to get a better look (or if there is no one to rebound).

    Ellis is also a solid contributor with rebounding and defense. IU is better with Ellis on the floor. This situation, like so many others this year, is disappointing, but you're right, we have to stay behind this team because they need the support now more than ever. This may be particularly true for Ellis.

  • JamesHardy

    newsflash…KS didn't have to work to hard to get EJ. EJ, his dad, and AAU coach came to KS. JUCO players being undisciplined is the responsibility of the coach…if he's going to recruit them, I'm okay with that. What needs to happen is that the coach needs to show these kids (one n done, juco, or 4 yr players) what GOOD DECISIONS look like…what learning from your mistakes looks like….what INTEGRITY looks like…what TEAM looks like…those are the reasons KS would have gotten fired in the near future.

  • JamesHardy

    newsflash…KS didn't have to work to hard to get EJ. EJ, his dad, and AAU coach came to KS. JUCO players being undisciplined is the responsibility of the coach…if he's going to recruit them, I'm okay with that. What needs to happen is that the coach needs to show these kids (one n done, juco, or 4 yr players) what GOOD DECISIONS look like…what learning from your mistakes looks like….what INTEGRITY looks like…what TEAM looks like…those are the reasons KS would have gotten fired in the near future.

  • JamesHardy

    newsflash…KS didn't have to work to hard to get EJ. EJ, his dad, and AAU coach came to KS. JUCO players being undisciplined is the responsibility of the coach…if he's going to recruit them, I'm okay with that. What needs to happen is that the coach needs to show these kids (one n done, juco, or 4 yr players) what GOOD DECISIONS look like…what learning from your mistakes looks like….what INTEGRITY looks like…what TEAM looks like…those are the reasons KS would have gotten fired in the near future.

  • JamesHardy

    newsflash…KS didn't have to work to hard to get EJ. EJ, his dad, and AAU coach came to KS. JUCO players being undisciplined is the responsibility of the coach…if he's going to recruit them, I'm okay with that. What needs to happen is that the coach needs to show these kids (one n done, juco, or 4 yr players) what GOOD DECISIONS look like…what learning from your mistakes looks like….what INTEGRITY looks like…what TEAM looks like…those are the reasons KS would have gotten fired in the near future.

  • JamesHardy

    newsflash…KS didn't have to work to hard to get EJ. EJ, his dad, and AAU coach came to KS. JUCO players being undisciplined is the responsibility of the coach…if he's going to recruit them, I'm okay with that. What needs to happen is that the coach needs to show these kids (one n done, juco, or 4 yr players) what GOOD DECISIONS look like…what learning from your mistakes looks like….what INTEGRITY looks like…what TEAM looks like…those are the reasons KS would have gotten fired in the near future.

  • hoosierfan27

    NEWSFLASH… You don't think KS was all over the phone with the Gordon's? Come on. JC players usually do lack respect or discipline, thats why their in JC. What I was trying to say is that Sampson was incapable of forming these players into solid contributers because he lacked the discipline and integrity to do so. I do agree with you in that respect, but I would much rather see kids coming to IU straight out of high school than the JC ranks. They tend to be more rounded on and off the court than their JC counterparts and usually they are in Bloomington for longer than two years.

  • hoosierfan27

    NEWSFLASH… You don't think KS was all over the phone with the Gordon's? Come on. JC players usually do lack respect or discipline, thats why their in JC. What I was trying to say is that Sampson was incapable of forming these players into solid contributers because he lacked the discipline and integrity to do so. I do agree with you in that respect, but I would much rather see kids coming to IU straight out of high school than the JC ranks. They tend to be more rounded on and off the court than their JC counterparts and usually they are in Bloomington for longer than two years.

  • hoosierfan27

    NEWSFLASH… You don't think KS was all over the phone with the Gordon's? Come on. JC players usually do lack respect or discipline, thats why their in JC. What I was trying to say is that Sampson was incapable of forming these players into solid contributers because he lacked the discipline and integrity to do so. I do agree with you in that respect, but I would much rather see kids coming to IU straight out of high school than the JC ranks. They tend to be more rounded on and off the court than their JC counterparts and usually they are in Bloomington for longer than two years.

  • hoosierfan27

    NEWSFLASH… You don't think KS was all over the phone with the Gordon's? Come on. JC players usually do lack respect or discipline, thats why their in JC. What I was trying to say is that Sampson was incapable of forming these players into solid contributers because he lacked the discipline and integrity to do so. I do agree with you in that respect, but I would much rather see kids coming to IU straight out of high school than the JC ranks. They tend to be more rounded on and off the court than their JC counterparts and usually they are in Bloomington for longer than two years.

  • hoosierfan27

    NEWSFLASH… You don't think KS was all over the phone with the Gordon's? Come on. JC players usually do lack respect or discipline, thats why their in JC. What I was trying to say is that Sampson was incapable of forming these players into solid contributers because he lacked the discipline and integrity to do so. I do agree with you in that respect, but I would much rather see kids coming to IU straight out of high school than the JC ranks. They tend to be more rounded on and off the court than their JC counterparts and usually they are in Bloomington for longer than two years.

  • JamesHardy

    I didn't say that KS wasn't on the phone…I'm saying that EJ's camp called KS…not the other way around. EJ's AAU coach had ties to KS from the past. KS didn't have to work as hard as he did to get Hummel or Martin…oops, he didn't get them did he…guess he wasted those minutes!

  • JamesHardy

    I didn't say that KS wasn't on the phone…I'm saying that EJ's camp called KS…not the other way around. EJ's AAU coach had ties to KS from the past. KS didn't have to work as hard as he did to get Hummel or Martin…oops, he didn't get them did he…guess he wasted those minutes!

  • JamesHardy

    I didn't say that KS wasn't on the phone…I'm saying that EJ's camp called KS…not the other way around. EJ's AAU coach had ties to KS from the past. KS didn't have to work as hard as he did to get Hummel or Martin…oops, he didn't get them did he…guess he wasted those minutes!

  • JamesHardy

    I didn't say that KS wasn't on the phone…I'm saying that EJ's camp called KS…not the other way around. EJ's AAU coach had ties to KS from the past. KS didn't have to work as hard as he did to get Hummel or Martin…oops, he didn't get them did he…guess he wasted those minutes!

  • JamesHardy

    I didn't say that KS wasn't on the phone…I'm saying that EJ's camp called KS…not the other way around. EJ's AAU coach had ties to KS from the past. KS didn't have to work as hard as he did to get Hummel or Martin…oops, he didn't get them did he…guess he wasted those minutes!

  • hoosierfan27

    NEWSFLASH… You don't think KS was all over the phone with the Gordon's? Come on. JC players usually do lack respect or discipline, thats why their in JC. What I was trying to say is that Sampson was incapable of forming these players into solid contributers because he lacked the discipline and integrity to do so. I do agree with you in that respect, but I would much rather see kids coming to IU straight out of high school than the JC ranks. They tend to be more rounded on and off the court than their JC counterparts and usually they are in Bloomington for longer than two years.

  • JamesHardy

    I didn't say that KS wasn't on the phone…I'm saying that EJ's camp called KS…not the other way around. EJ's AAU coach had ties to KS from the past. KS didn't have to work as hard as he did to get Hummel or Martin…oops, he didn't get them did he…guess he wasted those minutes!