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Former Cougar subject of new ESPN film

New doc covers the last 25 years of the star point guard


The latest documentary from ESPN films prominently features a former Cougar point guard. Donminic Ellison, who some Cougar fans will remember as a top recruit and starting point guard from the Kelvin Sampson/Kevin Eastman era, is one of the members of the California 1992 state champion Morningside high school in Inglewood. The documentary follows the starting five over the last 25 years as they pursue their dreams in basketball and adjust to life after the game. This was the high school’s only state championship and the street-ball style of play they used made them legends in Los Angeles.

Ellison played three seasons at WSU before transferring to New Mexico State for his senior season before playing professionally in Europe. As a sophomore he averaged 11.3 points and 6.9 assists per game for the Cougars. He ranked in the top four in the country in assists his sophomore and junior years. Some academic and legal issues forced Ellison to leave the program.

Here is what Ellison told about what this film means to him.

“From my perspective, the most important part of this whole film is getting to know yourself,” Ellison said. “what I really want [them] to take out of this film isn’t just the message to go to college, or get your education, or have a plan B…take a deep thought, and a deep evaluation of themselves…and I think that if you are okay, and you understand who you are as a basketball player, as a person, whatever happens along the road, whether you make it or you don’t make it, you’ll be okay with it.”

You can catch Morningside 5 on ESPN On Demand.


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