Alvin Ellis, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard from Michigan State, is in training camp with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League. Rio Grande Valley is the Gatorade League affiliate of the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
Ellis played four seasons for coach Tom Izzo and the Spartans including 36 games as a freshman in 2013-14. Although Ellis wasn’t a big-time scorer in East Lansing, his commitment to the team and durability through the years helped the Spartans maintain a togetherness on the court that is rare in today’s early exit of talent to the NBA Draft.
Ellis played in a total of 136 games while at Michigan State averaging 3.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. During his senior season, he averaged 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Ellis started eight games late in the season after an injury to teammate Eron Harris. His career high in points was the 20 he scored at Minnesota on December 27, 2016.
Ellis played high school ball Chicago De La Salle in Matteson, IL.
Ellis left Michigan State a very improved shooter than when he arrived. His understanding of the game is on the high-end and he improved as he focused and prioritized his basketball studies and practice.
Now in camp with the Vipers, Ellis has a good chance to make the team. His size and strength are league appropriate and he’s known for his court vision and passing skills.