Morgantown, West Virginia – After watching Eli Ellis dominate the Big Shots Carolina Rise Classic tournament last weekend, Bob Huggins loved what he saw and immediately offered the 8th grader a scholarship to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Ellis, a 5’11 140 pound point guard from Moravian Academy Prep in Hudson, North Carolina, led his Big Shots Elite NC team to the 17U title and was named the tournament’s MVP, averaging 28.5 points per game.

Ellis, a 2025 prospect, is considered a sure-fire five star recruit and will have every major program knocking at his door soon, but only West Virginia, South Carolina, High Point and Southern Miss have officially reached out with an offer so far.

According to Big Shots, “Ellis is an 8th Grade phenom who once again proved why he is one of the hottest names in the class of 2025. He is a high level guard that scores with the best of them but also gets his teammates involved. He never backs down from the big moments and is one of the toughest competitors you will see. Ellis gave his team whatever was needed to win, from knocking down 3’s to finding the open man.”

Although still very young, Ellis’ toughness, intensity and high IQ is a perfect fit for Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers.  Huggins developing a relationship early with him and offering a scholarship early before other big-name programs get involved could be key for West Virginia landing this remarkable talent.