G Ellis changes mind, opts out of Duke commitment

Guard Boogie Ellis has been released from his letter of intent to play at Duke.

The Duke Chronicle reported Thursday team spokesman Mike DeGeorge confirmed that the Blue Devils granted his request to be released.

Ellis, a four-star guard on the 247Sports composite rankings, originally considered a number of schools, including Memphis, North Carolina and his hometown San Diego State, before committing to Duke on Nov. 9 and signing during the early signing period.

The 247Sports rankings list him as the No. 34 player in the nation.

His apparent change of heart could result from the commitment last week of Cassius Stanley, a standout shooting guard from Chatsworth, Calif., who is ranked No. 31.

Even without Ellis, Duke holds the No. 1 recruiting Class of 2019, according to 247Sports, with Stanley and three five-star forwards who have signed their letters of intent: Vernon Carey of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Matthew Hurt of Rochester, Minn.; and Wendell Moore of Concord, N.C.