This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Alvin Ellis signs with Michigan State

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under College basketball, Gophers players Updated: April 24, 2013 - 5:19 PM

Former Gophers recruit Alvin Ellis has now signed with a Big Ten rival.

Michigan State announced on Wednesday that Ellis -- who re-opened his recruitment after former Gophers coach Tubby Smith was fired after the season -- will be a Spartan.

"Alvin will be a great addition to our backcourt," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said in a news release. "We like his offensive skill set, especially his shooting touch."

The Chicago shooting guard was one of two Minnesota recruits for 2013-14 who will no longer be coming to the Gophers. Alex Foster de-committed as well and tweeted on Wednesday that he was at Texas Tech -- where Smith was hired -- for an official visit.

Ellis joins Gavin Schilling, a forward who Smith's staff was originally after, at Michigan State.

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