The 6-foot-7 Washington State commit comes from a long line of standout basketball players. He’s having a standout season averaging 22.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.
Scrolling down this year’s list of McDonald’s All-American Game nominees was affirming for Bill Elleby.
“There’s definitely some Washington players being left out,” he said after a review of the 24 Washingtonians who received a nod for the 41st annual game. None were named to the final rosters.
“You look at California and they have all of these players (nominated),” Elleby continued. “Our kids aren’t being looked upon the same. That’s kind of why I started my service. To get these guys represented and the exposure they need.”
Elleby established Seattle Basketball Services (SBS) in 2013, an NCAA-compliant scouting site for boys and girls basketball. It’s not difficult to rattle off notable college, WNBA or NBA players from the state. But many don’t know the depth of talent is more comparable to the Puget Sound than a swimming pool.
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“This is really guard central,” said Elleby, a two-time state champ for Garfield who played the position at California (1988-92). “We have the best guards in the nation in basketball and they’ve proven it time and time again. And the list goes beyond guards.”
One of the most underrated is Elleby’s son C.J. When born, the story is doctors bundled up the gangly boy, handed C.J. to his parents and declared, “There’s your basketball player.”
Bill Elleby repeats the story with pride. His oldest of five, Victoria, did play college basketball, but C.J. embodies most of the family’s basketball talent.
Immersed in Seattle’s basketball lore, it’s a wonder how the 6-foot-7 lefty is overlooked. C.J.’s paternal great uncle is Carl Ervin, who had a two-year record of 50-1…