Louisville point guard El Ellis declared for the 2023 NBA Draft on Wednesday and said he will maintain his college eligibility.
Keeping the option open -- by not hiring an agent -- for a return to college basketball is important in case Ellis' draft stock isn't as high as he hopes.
Ellis boasted team-best averages in points (17.7), assists (4.4) and steals (1.0) in 32 games (all starts) for the Cardinals (4-28).
"To Coach (Kenny Payne), the staff and also my teammates, thank you for everything," Ellis wrote Wednesday on Twitter. "This past year meant more to me than you could ever imagine.
"Card Nation: Thank you for the support you all showed through a tough time. Playing for Louisville these past two years meant more to me than people know. I played every minute of every game like it was my last."
At 6-feet-3, Ellis averaged 13.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 64 games (41 starts) at Louisville.
--Field Level Media