Malik Ellison named Pitt basketball captain for his first active season |

Malik Ellison named Pitt basketball captain for his first active season

Jerry DiPaola
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Pitt's Shamiel Stevenson and Malik Ellison defend on Montana's Ahmaad Rorie in the first half Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at Petersen Events Center.

Malik Ellison didn’t need much time to prove his worth to Pitt basketball coach Jeff Capel.

After sitting out last season as a transfer from St. John’s, Ellison was named team captain for 2018-2019.

“Malik has done a tremendous job leading our team in the off-season.” Capel said in a statement. “His work ethic is contagious and he has done a great job taking our newcomers under his wing during the first summer session.

“Malik brings energy and excitement to every workout and his voice resonates with his teammates and our staff. I look forward to watching him continue to grow as a leader in our program.”

Ellison averaged 7.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in 57 games (35 starts) over his first two seasons at St. John’s. During the 2016-17 season, he shot 42 percent from the field, including 34 percent from beyond the 3-point line while posting eight double-figure scoring games, including two 20-point efforts.

“We are working hard every day to re-establish a winning culture here at Pitt,” said Ellison, a junior. “We have a great coaching staff and we are all committed to one another. We have a chance to build something special here.”

Ellison will join five Pitt players who started 13 or more games last season — leading scorer Jared Wilson-Frame, junior Kene Chukwuka and sophomores Terrell Brown, Khameron Davis and Shamiel Stevenson.

Capel ‘s first recruiting class ranks sixth in the ACC and 35th in the nation and includes AAU teammates Trey McGowens and Au’Diese Toney and Xavier Johnson, one of the top guard prospects from the Washington, D.C. area.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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