The Texas Longhorns men's basketball team lost yet another member of the 2021 signing class on Tuesday when point guard prospect Emarion Ellis de-committed from the program following the exit of former head coach Shaka Smart.
According to a report from WHBF reporter Corey Rholdon, Ellis has signed to play for Marquette University, where Smart landed after his six-year tenure at Texas.
Ellis now becomes the third member of the 2021 signing class to leave the Longhorns in less than a month following the arrival of new head coach Chris Beard, after IMG Academy (FL) guard Tamar Bates asked for a release from his letter of intent on March 29, and Brookfield Central (WI) forward David Joplin on April 8.
“For me, it was pretty simple,” Bates told SI-All American. “I committed to Coach Smart, not Texas. So when he left I knew I would have to look at my options.”
Before committing to the Longhorns in July of last year, Ellis was an under-the-radar prospect, holding offers from Bryant College, Lousiana Tech, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
With the exit of Ellis, the Longhorns are now down to two players in the 2021 class, in Grace Christian School (NC) forward Keeyan Itejere, and recent commit Jaylon Tyson of John Paul II (TX) of Plano.
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