Drew Ellis, a guard at Mulvane High School, has made himself known in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League as one of the top multi-sport athletes in the league. The junior is averaging over 20 points per game on the hardwood for the Wildcats and also gets the job done on the football field and track for the 4A-I school.
Ellis was a big threat down the field for the Wildcats’ football team, as he hauled in 33 catches for just under 700 yards and six touchdowns to lead the team in all three of those categories. Ellis also spent time as the Wildcats’ quarterback when all-state selection Jayden Price was injured. Ellis completed 20-of-38 passes for 138 yards in his time as the signal caller. Ellis was a non-senior all-state selection this fall at Sports in Kansas, a list that is only eligible for freshman, sophomore and juniors across the state. He will be one of the top returning playmakers in 4A next season.
Ellis quickly transitioned from the gridiron to the hardwood and leads the Wildcats in almost all categories as well. Ellis, a junior sharpshooter, is currently averaging just under 21 points per game, to go along with 5 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3 steals. He also broke his school's career record for 3-point makes back on February 9th with 128 with an entire senior year left to play. The Wildcats are currently 4-14 and will begin play in the Augusta sub-state next week with Andover Central, Rose Hill and Augusta. Although the Wildcats will be the fourth seed, Ellis is optimistic that this team can pull off two upsets and advance to the 4A-I state tournament.
Q&A w/ Ellis
How did you get involved with sports? What sports do you play at Mulvane?
I’ve always been around sports and grown up with sports in my life. At Mulvane, I play football, basketball, and run track.
Did you grow up in Mulvane? If so, what's it been like attending Mulvane your entire career?
Yes, its been nice because I know a lot of people around town and most of my family lives here.
You've got a pretty tough sub-state, so what will it take to advance to the state tournament?
I think to advance to state our team will have to be focused and stay together through adversity.
What's it been like to be a team leader for this year's team?
Its been fun because this years team is closer all around than last years and my teammates are able to be led this year.
How long have you played varsity basketball? Started?
I have played varsity basketball every year I have been in high school. I have started every game but 2 since I was a freshman.
What's it like playing for coach Abasolo?
Playing for Coach Abasolo is fun because I have known him for a long time and respect him very much. He pushes me to be the best player and leader that I can be and doesn’t make it easy. We have a special bond that most players and coaches at the high school level don’t.
What do you like best about this year's team?
Everyone gets along well this year and willing to work hard, understand our goals, and not complain.
Do you feel this team is capable of pulling off some upsets in sub-state?
Our team is definitely capable of pulling of some upsets as long as we lock in defensively and work together on the offensive end.
What makes your game so good? How often do you practice on making yourself better?
I have been playing for a long time and put a lot of time into practice. I see the floor really well and find ways to get teammates involved. I go to the gym a few times a week and play with several types of players. I also spend extra time after practice shooting and improving my ball handling skills.
How long have you played basketball? Did you play MAYB?
I’ve played basketball since I was around 6. I played MAYB with KS Lightning for 4 years and last year with Kansas MTXE Acadamy.
Other key players on your team?
Every player contributes on our team, Issac Comer is our hustle guy, he gets on the floor for loose balls and creates additional opportunities. Trey Abasolo, he is a shooter, and Jeret Plummer is the hardest working guy we have on the team and makes us all hustle.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I am not certain where I will be in 10 years, but excited for my senior year and to see how college goes.
Do you plan on playing any sports at the next level?
Yes, I would like to play basketball or football at the next level. Like most athletes, my goal is to play at the highest level possible. I am excited to see what opportunities are ahead of me.
Favorite place to eat in Mulvane?
My favorite place to eat is probably Subway.