2011-12 Gamecock Spotlight Video
Missed the first six games of the season and the Manhattan (Dec. 22) and Presbyterian (Dec. 29) contests while competing with the Carolina football team ... Saw action in 23 games with 19 starts on the year ... Averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 32.2 minutes per game ... In SEC play, posted 9.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in a team high 33.7 minutes per game ... Posted 11 double-digit scoring contests, including a season high of 18 points vs. Auburn (Jan. 12) ... Led or shared the team lead in scoring three times, in assists 12 times and in steals 10 times ... Joined the basketball team for practice on Nov. 27 and earned the start just two days later at St. John's (Nov. 29), scoring seven points, while playing a team high 29 minutes ... Tallied double-figures in back-to-back contests, scoring 12 points vs. both Clemson (Dec. 2) and Jacksonville (Dec. 7) ... Missed the Manhattan (Dec. 22) and Presbyterian (Dec. 29) contests due to play with the Gamecock football team at the Outback Bowl ... Returned with 11 points in SEC opener at Mississippi State (Jan. 9) ... Followed with 18-point performance and then-season high five assists against just two turnovers vs. Auburn (Jan. 12) ... Posted seven points and collected a team high three steals vs. LSU (Jan. 16) ... Posted a career high nine rebounds at Missouri (Jan. 22) ... Solid from the floor, hitting 6-of-8 attempts (2-2 from 3), while dishing a team high four assists in win vs. Arkansas (Jan. 26) ... Scored 14 points, matching a season high with three made 3s vs. Georgia (Feb. 2) ... Posted nine points at Kentucky (Feb. 5), including seven from the free throw line ... Scored 11 points and collected three assists at Georgia (Feb. 23) ... Collected a season high six assists at Texas A&M (March 2), while adding 10 points ... Scored nine points and once again matched season high for second straight game with six assists vs. Miss State (March 6) ... 10 points and three assists at Vandy (March 9) ... Scored 13 points in SEC Tournament play vs. Mississippi State (March 13) ... Named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Missed the first six contests of the season, and the USC Upstate contest (Jan. 31) while competing with the Carolina football team ... Saw action in 24 contests with 15 starts on the year ... Averaged 11.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 29.0 minutes per game ... In league play, saw action in all 16 contests with 14 starts ... Posted 11.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game ... In overall games, led the team or shared the team lead in scoring 10 times, in assists 16 times and in steals five times ... Posted 12 double-figure scoring games, 16 games with at least three assists and four games with at least two steals ... Played 27 minutes, while adding six points and one assist in first contest of the season vs. Providence (Dec. 1), competing in the BIG EAST/SEC Challenge ... Tallied nine points, including the game-winning free throw, in 58-55 victory at Clemson (Dec. 4) ... 17 points and five made shots from beyond the arc in win over Wofford (Dec. 28) ... Returned to basketball team following a victory at the Capital One Bowl with the football squad, hitting a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range to score nine points off the bench vs. SC State (Jan. 3) ... Posted 20 points in 24 minutes off the bench vs. Vanderbilt (Jan. 10), which resulted in first start of the season in the following contest vs. Florida (Jan. 14) ... Tallied 17 points vs. the Gators, including a 4-of-6 effort from 3-point range ... Hit the first "last second" game winner of his career, scoring on a layup with 1.3 seconds left on the clock to give the Gamecocks their first SEC win, a 56-54 victory over Alabama (Jan. 25) ... Contributed 12 points and two assists vs. the Crimson Tide ... 15 points and three assists at Florida (Feb. 2) ... Matched season high with six assists at Tennessee (Feb. 8) ... Collected a season high seven rebounds, while adding six points and two assists vs. LSU (Feb. 18) ... Finished the season with five-consecutive double-figure scoring games, beginning with a 15-point, four-assist effort at Vanderbilt (Feb. 22) ... Played in a season high 38 minutes, scoring a team high 19 points, while adding four assists and two steals vs. Tennessee (Feb. 25) ... Led team with 17 points and four assists vs. Mississippi State (Feb. 29) ... Posted 11 points in SEC Tournament contest vs. Alabama (March 8) and matched season high with six assists ... Named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Started all 30 games of his freshman campaign ... Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team ... Averaged a team-best 12.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals in a team-high 30.9 minutes per contest ... In SEC play, averaged 12.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.9 steals in 31.3 minutes ... Led the team in field goal attempts (423), field goals made (138), 3-point field goal attempts (198), 3-point field goals made (61), assists (97) and minutes played (928) ... Led the team or shared the team lead in scoring 10 times, assists 18 times and steals nine times ... Posted 16 double-figure scoring games, including seven 20-point efforts and one 30-point performance ... Tallied 21 games with at least three assists and eight games with at least two steals ... Was solid in college debut, tallied eight points and dished seven assists vs. Elon (Nov. 12) ... Followed with a 22-point, five-rebound, five-assist and four-steal performance at then-No. 2 Michigan State (Dec. 16) ... Dished a season-high eight assists, and collected a season-high eight rebounds, while adding 20 points in double-overtime win at WKU (Nov. 27) ... Played a season high 46 minutes at WKU ... Scored 31 points, hitting 11-of-23 shots, including an impressive six 3s in loss at Furman (Dec. 22) ... 11 made shots and 23 attempts vs. Furman marked season highs ... Scored 21 points vs. Boston College (Jan. 1) ... Scored a team-best 22 points in SEC debut, an overtime win over Vanderbilt (Jan. 8) ... Also collected seven rebounds and matched season high with six 3s vs. the Commodores ... Named the Jan. 10 SEC Freshman of the Week after Vanderbilt contest ... Tallied 23 points in road win at Florida (Jan. 15), scoring South Carolina's last six points in the contest to clinch the win ... Scored 13 points and four assists in overtime win over Arkansas (Jan. 19) ... Made a season-high seven free throws vs. the Razorbacks ... Tallied 20 points in victory at LSU (Feb. 2) ... Contributed 15 points in road contest at Tennessee (Feb. 16) and at Mississippi State (March 5) ... Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
Four-year letterwinner for coach Charlie Harrison at Berkeley High School ... A consensus four-star prospect ... Rated as the No. 56 overall prospect and the No. 12 point guard in the country by Scout.com ... No. 96 overall prospect and No. 24 point guard by Rivals.com ... No. 21 point guard according to ESPN.com ... MVP at the Desert Dual AAU Tournament in July 2009 ... Garnered all-region honors all four years at Berkeley ... Averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game as a senior ... Named the South Carolina Coaches Association 4A Player of the Year, Region 7-4A Player of the Year, Post and Courier Athlete of the Year and was a McDonald's All-American nominee following senior season ... A South Carolina High School Basketball Coaches Association (SCBCA) Preseason Elite 5 (all state classifications) ... A SCBCA Preseason Top 5 Senior Class (4A) ... Averaged 28.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists as a junior ... Chose South Carolina over Clemson, Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), Kansas, Georgia Tech and Auburn ... Former AAU teammate of fellow signee RJ Slawson.
Son of Gwen and Bruce Ellington ... Has a brother, Ashley ... Lists his favorite meal as steak and his favorite NBA team as the Miami Heat ... Major is sociology ... Also a member of the South Carolina football team ... Played in all 13 games during his freshman season in 2011, earning Freshman All-SEC honors as an all-purpose performer on the football field ... Started all 13 games on the gridiron in 2012 ... paced the squad with 600 receiving yards on 40 catches with seven touchdowns.