Westinghouse’s James Ellis signs with Duquesne

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | 2:00 AM


Duquesne men’s basketball coach Keith Dambrot added his first Pittsburgh-area recruit Tuesday when Westinghouse senior James Ellis signed with the Dukes.

The 6-foot-11, 230-pound center had decided to attend a junior college but changed his plans once Duquesne became an option. Ellis is Duquesne’s first Westinghouse recruit since Chuck Cooper, who became an All-American for the Dukes and was the first African-American player drafted by an NBA team in 1950.

Ellis averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds and 7.6 blocks as Westinghouse (18-7) reached the City League finals and the second round of the PIAA playoffs. He earned first-team all-state honors and was chosen as a member of the Trib 10.

Ellis is Duquesne’s first Pittsburgh City League player since Schenley graduate Jack Higgins played for the Dukes from 2004-06 after transferring from Cleveland State.

More High School Recruiting

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Elizabeth Forward’s Chase Whatton chooses MAC school from long list of college offers
Ellis School’s Natalie Jasper commits to Georgetown to continue basketball career
Kiski Area’s Jack Dilts is headed to Duquesne
Kiski Area running back Kenneth Blake commits to Albany

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