Q&A | Jeffersonville dual-sport athlete Drew Ellis loves competition

Q&A | Jeffersonville dual-sport athlete Drew Ellis loves competition


Q&A | Jeffersonville dual-sport athlete Drew Ellis loves competition


Jeffersonville senior Drew Ellis is of the leaders on the basketball court, but his first love is baseball. When he’s not working on his jump shot, the University of Louisville signee and Red Devils shortstop is in the hitting cage, preparing for the spring season on the diamond.

With a future in baseball, did you consider not playing basketball this season?

It was a tough decision. I wanted to focus on baseball. But thinking about not playing basketball, not playing on Friday nights, I’m glad I did it. For sure I think it was worth it. You’re only a senior once, and I like to compete. Basketball is a great way for me to express that.

What are some of the things you are working on to prepare for your senior season in baseball?

I’m getting stronger every day. On some off days, or sometimes even after basketball practice, I will go to the hitting facility and hit. I’m always doing something to get ready and get better. It’s difficult, but I try to find a way.

Having signed with the University of Louisville, did that lighten some of the pressure?

Committing as a sophomore was getting a lot off my shoulders. But that didn’t stop me from working hard, and I didn’t think I had a ride. There’s always somebody out there better than you, and I feel like nobody should be able to outwork you. Committing was a great relief, but it was also a motivator. It’s helped me become the best I can be.

Do you ever get tired of talking about your trip to the Little League World Series?

I love when people ask about it. I love telling about the experience we had, the run we had. Not many people get to do that. We were very fortunate and blessed to have that opportunity, to play baseball on the biggest stage at 12. Being recognized nationally is an amazing thing. We got to play in front of the whole world.

What do you do away from sports to relax?

I like to fish in the summer. But one of my main hobbies is getting better at the sport I love, and that’s baseball. It’s nice to have a couple of days off, but somebody is out there working to get better. So I’m always trying to be the best I can be. The rest days are nice, but there’s only so many I take. I feel like I should be getting better every single day.

Where did your love of the game come from?

It started around 11 or 12, when I realized I could be good if I really put my mind to it and worked. From there, that love has become really strong.

What lessons have you learned from sports?

Sports reveal your character. When you get on the field, your character will be revealed in how you play and how you act. Whatever you do, you should never take that opportunity for granted. You’re doing what a lot of people don’t get to do. So you should remember every moment.

Who has been one of the biggest influences on your life?

It’s probably my best friend, Chandler Dale. Chandler is a man of Christ, he is our leader at FCA. He’s helped me with a lot of things through my life, and I don’t think I would be where I am without him guiding me and leading the way.

Now that your father (Derek) is also the Jeffersonville baseball coach, has your relationship changed?

At home, he’s my dad. On the field, he’s my coach and I respect him like any other coach. I never call him Dad on the baseball field, it’s always Coach Ellis or Coach D. Our relationship is the same and will always be that way. He pushes everybody, and he wants me to get better just like he wants everyone else to get better.


* Jeffersonville * Senior * parents Derek and Jennifer; brothers Ian (16) and Jack (12). * Drew has signed to play college baseball at the University of Louisville. * “Drew is a great athlete who has had tremendous success on the baseball field and basketball court. He is also a good student and sets a great example in the classroom and on the court with his leadership. He has been a pleasure to coach and will be very successful in the future, in baseball and in life.”School:Year:Family: Student/athlete: Basketball coach Matt Pait:

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