By Jeff Goodman
Bruce Ellington is a busy man these days, pulling double-duty at South Carolina.
The Gamecocks two-sport guy went for a season-high 17 points last night in a win over Wofford, then set the alarm for a 5:30 a.m. flight this morning that took him to Orlando. Then it'll be a few days back at football practice in preparation for the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2 against Nebraska.
"It's really not that hard doing both," Ellington said. "It hasn't been too crazy. Both coaching staffs have been really good at working with me and my schedule."
And somehow, Ellington has managed to keep his GPA at a 3.19.
Immediately after Monday afternoon's football game, Ellington will jump in the car with his parents and make the six or so-hour drive back to Columbia, S.C. He figures he'll get a few hours of sleep, rejoin the basketball team for the shootaround and suit up on Tuesday night against South Carolina State.
That means the lone game he'll miss due to football is Saturday night against USC Upstate.
"It's been fun," said Ellington, who is averaging 8.1 points in seven games. "It's taken a little time for me to get back in basketball shape, but I think I'm there now."
Ellington will also likely take his starting spot back when he returns.
"I think we'll be much better after this when we have the entire team together and healthy," Ellington said.