University of South Carolina football wide receiver/ basketball point guard Bruce Ellington – one of the most gifted two-sport athletes in NCAA history – announced this week his intention to forego his senior year with the Gamecock football team and enter the 2014 NFL draft.
Ellington’s decision means he will not compete with Frank Martin’s Gamecock basketball team in 2014 – a major blow to Martin’s already struggling squad.
“I would like to thank Coach Spurrier, Coach Horn and Coach Martin for giving me the opportunity to play both football and basketball at South Carolina,” Ellington said in a statement. “I also want to thank all the Gamecock fans and my teammates for the past four years in Columbia. It’s been a great experience and I’ve been truly blessed.”
Ellington caught 49 passes for 775 yards and eight touchdowns this year – including a season-high 140 yards and a pair of scores against Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. For his Gamecock career, he caught 106 passes for 1,586 yards and 16 touchdowns.
On the hardwood, Ellington racked up 893 points, 238 assists and 223 rebounds in parts of four seasons. During his freshman campaign in 2010-11 – when he was focused exclusively on basketball – he averaged 12.8 points per game.
Ellington joins football teammates Jadeveon Clowney, Kelcy Quarles and Victor Hampton in declaring himself eligible for the 2014 draft.