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Three Indians sign early

 

By DUSTIN KENT  
Jackson County Floridan

November 17, 2006

 

Three Chipola Indians basketball players used the early college signing period to sign letters-of-intent with Division I schools.

 

Jamarcus Ellis signed with the Indiana Hoosiers, Victor Dubovitsky signed with Texas A&M and Michael Vogler signed with the Troy Trojans.

 

The trio will continue the recent trend of Chipola basketball players moving on to big-time college basketball, following in the footsteps of Oklahoma State's Mario Boggan, Missouri's Stefhon Hannah, Iowa State's Michael Taylor, and former Ohio State guard Je'Kel Foster.

 

Ellis, a preseason JUCO All-American, joins a stellar IU recruiting class that includes highly touted guard Eric Gordon.

The 6-foot-6-inch swingman chose the Hoosiers over Iowa, Illinois, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

 

"It was just about the people, the tradition at IU, the championships they've won," Ellis said of his reasons for picking Indiana. "It's real friendly up there. And I love the kind of program (Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson) runs."

 

Ellis is currently averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Indians, while playing three or four different positions, though he said that Sampson wanted him primarily in the backcourt.

 

"They want me to be a combo guard," he said. "I think coach will let me do pretty much whatever I want to so long as I stay within the system."

 

Chipola coach Greg Heiar said that he didn't anticipate Ellis having a problem playing in any program or any conference in America.

 

"With Jamarcus' versatility, he's able to play anywhere," the coach said. "He's a coach's dream. He works hard and his teammates love playing with him. He's really going to help IU. I think they'll have a chance to play for a Final Four with the class they're bringing in."

 

Dubovistky, a sophomore transfer from Salt Lake City Community College, said that he was drawn to Texas A&M because of the program's similarities to Chipola.

 

"They're like Chipola about being a family and working hard," Dubovitsky said. "I'll fit in real well at Texas A&M because my desire to improve my game."

 

"And I want to play for a school with a chance to play for a national championship and I believe they can do that."

 

Dubovitsky has gotten off to a fast start for the Indians, averaging 15 points per game so far and providing a deadly 3-point shooting threat.

 

"Victor can play anywhere because he can really, really shoot the basketball," Heiar said. "He's such a hard worker and loves working on his game. And (Texas A&M coach Billy Gillespie) is really going to push him to get better."

 

Dubovitsky said that although the Aggies will be losing three key players from this year's team, he has no guarantees about his role next season."Coach Gillespie never promises playing time," he said. "You have to deserve it."

 

Vogler, a 6-foot-1-inch guard from Bay High School, said that Troy's proximity to home was a key factor in his decision.

"It's close and I have a few friends who go there," he said. "I really like the coaching staff and their style of play fits me."

 

The Trojans have long been known for their up-tempo, 3-point shooting offense, something that has Vogler excited.

 

"That's what I've always liked to play in," he said.

 

Vogler will lead the fast-paced Trojans attack and has drawn comparisons from the Troy coaching staff to another notable lead guard.

 

"I think they see a lot of Steve Nash in his game," Heiar said of the Trojans coaches. "They want to use him in that role. He's a playmaker, he can make shots and he understands the game."

 

"I think his performance will be based on how much weight he can put on. But the Troy staff is real excited about getting him."  

 
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