Late blooming prospects are always a hot topic on the recruiting trail and whether its guys sliding into their junior years or even late developing seniors, whenever you find one starting to hit their stride it’s a fun part of the evaluation process.  Missouri always has their fair share and 2020 SF Brandon Ellington of Cardinal Ritter Prep is one who’s starting to take flight.  

One of the biggest surprises to come out of the fall, the 6’6 wing from Cardinal Ritter Prep in St. Louis is a high-octane leaper that’s sure to provide fans with a couple of eye-popping rim rattlers each game. Ellington plays with passion. He has great hustle, can shoot with consistency out to 15 feet. Brandon excels at taking his opponent to the basket and can finish with consistency even through contact. His length, drive and athleticism make him a good rebounder. He thrives on put backs, and he rebounds well outside of his area. Ellington is a tenacious defender that uses his length well to block shots and disrupt passing lanes.   His effort and versatility is intriguing and he’s just starting to scratch the surface of his potential.  

After a successful summer with Team Ramey, Ellington has seen an uptick of interest. He has heard from SIUE, SEMO, Louisiana-Monroe, Kentucky Wesleyan, Maryville, Drury, and Lindenwood. From what I’ve seen you can quickly expect this list to grow as the season gets underway as he seems primed for a big senior year.