Ellington will go bowling, miss one hoops game

ashain@thestate.comDecember 16, 2011 

South Carolina Gamecocks guard Bruce Ellington (23) goes for a shot as Presbyterian Blue Hose guard Pierre Miller (3) follows during the first half of action Tuesday night against Presbyterian.

TRACY GLANTZ — tglantz@thestate.com

Two-sport USC star Bruce Ellington will miss one Gamecock basketball game because of the football team’s trip to the Capital One Bowl on Jan 2, the school announced Friday.

Ellington will stay in Columbia to play point guard with the basketball team against Wofford on Dec. 28, and will then travel to join the football team in Orlando through the bowl game to play wide receiver, kick returner and wildcat quarterback.

He will miss the Dec. 31 basketball contest versus USC Upstate but is scheduled to return for the Jan. 3 game against S.C. State.

The USC football team begins bowl preparations on Saturday with a 9 a.m. practice, while the basketball team meets No. 2 Ohio State at Colonial Life Arena at noon Saturday.

Ellington was second on Steve Spurrier's team with 707 all-purpose yards in his first season of college football. Ellington scored two long touchdowns -- a 61-yard run from the wildcat formation in the rout of Kentucky and a 49-yard reception for the opening score in the win versus Clemson.

Ellington, who was the basketball team's leading scorer last year, has played in three hoops games since returning from the football team. He is averaging 10 points a game and two assists.

He is coming off his best game after scoring a team-high 15 points in Tuesday’s 66-58 victory against Presbyterian. He came back to the basketball team physically ready, but he needs time to fine-tune some skills, Horn said.

“There’s a lot of plays where he knows he wanted to (do something) or he knows he saw that,” then Horn snapped his fingers, “but it’s just not quite there yet. I think that will come.”

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