Tubby Smith nabs first recruit for 2013

Alvin Ellis, a Chicago De La Salle guard, has been secured for the Gophers.

Andrew Krammer

Gophers men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith has his first commitment for the 2013 recruiting class.

Chicago De La Salle guard Alvin Ellis chose Minnesota on Sunday over Big Ten-rival Northwestern, Butler and Kansas State, among others.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 185-pound Chicago native visited Minnesota over the weekend and was in attendance for the Gophers football team’s 17-10 victory Saturday against Syracuse.

“I told Coach Tubby [Smith] I could see myself playing there and fitting in. I had a great chance of coming in and playing, so I took that opportunity,” Ellis told ChicagoHoops.com.

Ellis led his team with 16 points per game as a junior last season. A former teammate of his, Alex Foster, a 6-foot-8-inch forward at Seton Academy in Illinois, made an official trip to Minnesota over the weekend as well, the Pioneer Press reported.