With one of the nation’s top recruiting classes already in tow, Kansas basketball has added a walk-on to its 2018-19 roster.
Elijah “E.J.” Elliott, a 6-foot-4, 186-pound shooting guard out of Southlake, Texas, committed to KU late Saturday night via an Instagram post on his personal account. He later discussed his decision with recruiting outlet JayhawkSlant.com.
“Honestly, coach (Bill) Self was the first one to just kind of believe in me and he would just make calls and texts,” said Elliott, who played at Southlake Carroll (Texas) High School just outside of Dallas and IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. “I just felt like, when I took a visit, it kind of felt like home. Everybody says it, but you really do feel home when you know where you need to be, so it felt like home.”
An unranked recruit in the Class of 2018, Elliott had drawn interest from Alabama, Arizona, Baylor and TCU, among other schools, before deciding on KU. He is expected to join the team June 1 when the rest of the players report to campus for summer workouts.
Elliott joins five-star guards Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes, four-star center David McCormack and three-star guard Ochai Agbaji as incoming freshmen on the 2018-19 squad. As a walk-on, Elliott will not affect KU’s scholarship situation, as the Jayhawks remain one under the limit and may have as many as two open scholarships if center Udoka Azubuike decides to remain in the NBA Draft.