Jamarcus Ellis to Northern Kentucky University?

  • 06/04/2008 6:54 pm in

jamarcus.JPGOur old friend Jamarcus Ellis, who somehow got me to believe he was “happy to be a Hoosier” last summer, is reportedly considering a transfer to Northern Kentucky University. Here’s the scoop, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer:

It’s been an offseason of recruiting that has produced a lot of what-might-have-beens for Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball coach Dave Bezold, but he may be on the cusp of a major coup.

Multiple sources say former Indiana University forward Jamarcus Ellis, who was selected honorable mention All-Big Ten this past season, is strongly considering transferring to NKU. According to the sources he visited NKU a few weeks ago and came away impressed, especially with the new Bank of Kentucky Center.

So in a little more than a year Ellis has gone from the Junior College Player of the Year to a guy who will be lucky to suit up at a Division II school. Probably not what he had in mind when he arrived in Bloomington, but when you combine an attitude that was poisonous to the team environment down the stretch with shaky academics, what do you expect?

{HT: Basketblog}

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  • junkman

    And the gambling comment is a simple way of balancing your reasonable expectations of how JeMarcus's life will go forward…If you think he will have a turnaround and make a nice life for himself and his family. Great, than say so, I do not. I have seen his behavior over the past four years and haven't seen him do anything beside have one good season of junior college basketball, transfer to IU and quit on his teammates, threaten his coach, underperform academically, and be such a public pothead that he is a punchline in the newspapers and sports radio. He is now considering some po-dunk D2 school where he is at a crossroads and my belief is that he will continue to defy authority and basic structure. That isn't based on his race, nor is it based on his ability to play basketball…It is based on his trending behavior the escalation of of his antics. For you to write it off as him being only 20 years old, we all remember when Bob KNight was fired and Dane Fife came out publicly…somehow he handled it with a shade more dignity…When Mike Davis got fired his players didn't pull these kind of shenanigans… however, JeMarcus did and I will hold him accountable for his actions….maybe one day you will to.

  • junkman

    OK, now wait a minute…how was this racist…

    Seriously, you can't throw that around without merit. I don't see how race even came into the discussion until you brought it in…

    If you want a source as to the Dakich threat, ask Ahlfeld who witnessed it and told his family and they have made it public. If you want to know about Deandre's girlfirend sleeping with JeMarcus, I suppose you could go to the coaching staff who had to break up their fight in the locker room…As for his academic performance/aptitude or him smoking weed, does anyone doubt that? He was ineligible to play D1 ball out of high school and as for smoking dope…you do realize the University has drug tests on file for the players and while we will never see those results, is it even a question that he was smoking dope…that has been talked about publicly by reporter covering the team for the past few months…

    As for credibility, I have named my sources, now I'm still confused on how my comments elude to a prejudice based on race. As for you wanting to lable me a racist, I don't care, because I know I'm not…However, if you want to question my credibility as a result of not disclosing where I got my information. Well that game is over.

  • junkman

    And the gambling comment is a simple way of balancing your reasonable expectations of how JeMarcus's life will go forward…If you think he will have a turnaround and make a nice life for himself and his family. Great, than say so, I do not. I have seen his behavior over the past four years and haven't seen him do anything beside have one good season of junior college basketball, transfer to IU and quit on his teammates, threaten his coach, underperform academically, and be such a public pothead that he is a punchline in the newspapers and sports radio. He is now considering some po-dunk D2 school where he is at a crossroads and my belief is that he will continue to defy authority and basic structure. That isn't based on his race, nor is it based on his ability to play basketball…It is based on his trending behavior the escalation of of his antics. For you to write it off as him being only 20 years old, we all remember when Bob KNight was fired and Dane Fife came out publicly…somehow he handled it with a shade more dignity…When Mike Davis got fired his players didn't pull these kind of shenanigans… however, JeMarcus did and I will hold him accountable for his actions….maybe one day you will to.