There has been a large amount of roster turnover in the early going of the off-season for the Purdue Boilermakers, and another transfer is added to the mix.
Friday morning, the school announced that former Cal Poly point guard, Abbey Ellis, has committed to Purdue. She joins former Northeastern forward, Mide Oriyomi as transfers coming to West Lafayette this upcoming season.
Ellis had a stellar two seasons for Cal Poly as she averaged 15.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game, while also being named First Team All-Big West last season. Make no mistake, she is a scoring guard that shoots it at a 36% clip from behind the arc.
The Aussie has also shown the ability to pop off for huge outings as she scored a career-high 39 points this past year and an equally impressive 37 points during her freshman season. In two years, she already has 818 points and will easily eclipse 1,000 next season should she continue her solid performances.
So what does this mean for Purdue next year? Ellis is a big get for the Boilermakers after four starters left the program in the transfer portal following the season. As of right now, Madison Layden and Brooke Moore should be penciled in as two of the backcourt starters heading into next season.
The third guard spot will most likely be between Ellis and incoming freshman Jayla Smith, who was Miss Basketball in Indiana for 2021. Rokia Doumbia had some good moments last year, so she could force herself into the conversation as well.
Regardless, Ellis will bring much-needed scoring and depth to the backcourt for Sharon Versyp and Katie Gearlds.
Welcome to Purdue, Abbey! Boiler Up!