Well, the Ides of March are approaching and so is the annual breakdown of how USC dual sport star Bruce Ellington is going to be dividing his time between football and basketball over the next several months. Shortly after the Gamecock basketball team’s season ended with a first round exit in the SEC Tournament
“That’s something I will need to think about,” Ellington said. “I never know what can happen, but I will think about that, yes.”
Ellington speaks with Gamecocks hoops coach Frank Martin all the time and the two have developed a close relationship. Martin has cited Ellington’s leadership and work ethic as the best on the team. During his now legendary allegorical press conference after a home loss to LSU, Martin made sure to exclude Ellington from his wrath.
“I talk to Coach Martin all the time,” Ellington said. “I go to his office all the time and have a conversation with him besides basketball. Coach Martin is a great coach. The thing I love about him is he teaches you to be a man, not just a great basketball player.”
But what about the rumblings that Ellington is considering dropping basketball to focus solely on football? Is there any truth to that? Not so much if you ask Martin.
“I got no idea. You guys have been around him a little longer than me. I think this isn’t the first time he hints that. He’s been hinting that for three straight years. Last time I checked he’s played both every year. I think Bruce likes to have fun with you guys.”
Martin plans to encourage Ellington to continue with both sports because he is an asset to both programs. Based on what he said last night, it sounds like Ellington will probably take that advice.
“I’m just going to prepare like I did for this year,” Ellington said. “I’m just going to go train for football and then when basketball comes I’m going to train for basketball. If the Lord blesses me, whichever one I’m going to go do, he’s going to bless me with. I’m going to talk to him and whichever one he decides for me to do, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Translation: The Ides of March may have marked the end of Caesar, but they won’t mark the end of Ellington as a two sport star at USC. You’ll see him on the gridiron and the hardwood again next season.