During the fall, Flint (Mich.) Beecher varsity letter-winner Malik Ellison can be found on a football field testing his skills against his athletic teammates. When winter comes around, Ellison is not often found without a basketball in sight as he stars on the Bucs’ state championship hoops team as well.
In the summer, though, Ellison keeps a busy schedule that includes training for both sports.
“It’s been crazy going from a football camp straight to a basketball camp,” he told Today’s U. “But it keeps me in shape.”
On Beecher’s football team, which has forged a deep run into the playoffs for each of Ellison’s three seasons, the dynamic speedster plays wide receiver and cornerback, but he can fill in as a running back if necessary as well. This interchangeable versatility has helped raise his recruiting stock, and he holds two football offers as of now.
When playing basketball, Ellison is the leader of the Beecher attack from the point guard position, and he has generated a considerable amount of hype heading into his senior year. During last season’s Class C state semifinals, Ellison sunk a three with time expiring to propel Beecher to the title game, a shot that has since only grown in legend.
Ellison is confident in his ability to run an offense on the basketball court, and his comfortability was apparent during last week’s Reaching Higher camp for the top-100 players in the state of Michigan. He discussed his time at the camp with Today’s U, an event that showcased the competitive chip planted firmly on his shoulders.
“I tried to show that just because I’m a small guard [doesn’t mean] I can’t play at the next level,” he said. “I’ve got all the intangibles as a 6-foot- guard and I try to display that.”
From a pure ball handling perspective, Ellison was the most adept dribbler in attendance and seemed to move effortlessly to whichever spot he wanted on the court. This control is a paramount aspect of his game, and it played a key role in his squad, Team No. 4, defeating another highly talented squad to seal a three-game undefeated series at the camp.
In terms of which sport the Beecher star will play at the collegiate level, Ellison is keeping his options open, though he would prefer the opportunity to play both if possible.
“I want to play both in college,” he said. “If that’s not the case I want to play the one with the best opportunity for me.”
During the month of June, Ellison attended football camps at various colleges across the state to help broaden his recruiting profile with several schools, a conquest that netted the Beecher standout two offers — Northwood and Ferris State. And while Ellison holds multiple football offers, he says even more schools are interested in his talent on the basketball court.
“For football, Howard is showing a lot of interest and for basketball Southern Mississippi, Georgia State, Kent State and Eastern Michigan,” he said.
With those schools showing heavy pursuit, Ellison has also received interest from Michigan State, a program that traditionally recruits the Flint area at a high level and has an established relationship with many of the coaches in the area. The Spartans’ class in 2017 may be close to full right now, but Ellison is more likely to play basketball at the Division-I level than Division-II. According to an anonymous Division-II coach at the Reaching Higher camp, Ellison has the intangibles and basketball I.Q. to run the show at the D-I level.
The next several months will be pivotal for Ellison as he begins his senior football season while continuing to cultivate his relationships with a multitude of schools.
“I don’t have all my visits set out, but I plan to visits the schools that interest me the most,” he said.
Click here for a link to Ellison’s junior football highlight tape.