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ESPN Adds New Analyst To College GameDay Panel For Basketball

A view inside ESPN The Party.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05: A view of the logo during ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for ESPN)

We're only a few weeks away from the start of the 2019-20 college basketball season. ESPN is hard at work preparing their College GameDay program to be the best it can be for the coming year.

Ahead of the season, ESPN is adding a new and experienced face to College GameDay's basketball coverage.

According to the New York Post, ESPN is adding veteran analyst and former NBA star LaPhonso Ellis to their broadcast. Ellis has spent the better part of the last 11 years as a college basketball analyst for ESPN.

In an interview with the New York Post, Ellis said he was "overwhelmingly honored" and seemed surprised by the network's offer.

“Overwhelmingly honored, bro,” Ellis told The Post. “It came out of nowhere.”

College GameDay received a vacancy earlier this year when Jay Williams was moved to NBA Countdown.

A former team captain for Notre Dame basketball, Ellis was the No. 5 overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. He went on to enjoy a 12-year NBA career that included All-Rookie honors in 1993.

He retired in 2003 and began working as an analyst for ESPN in 2009.

Ellis has also worked as an assistant coach for Bethel College.

Congratulations LaPhonso! Good luck in the new job!