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Wholey, Ellis net NESCAC honors in men's basketball



HADLEY, Mass. -- The Bates College men's basketball team received a pair of honors from the New England Small College Athletic Conference on Wednesday, as senior guard Bryan Wholey was named First Team All-Conference and first-year forward Brian Ellis won the Rookie of the Year award.

Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) joined five other seniors on the All-Conference First Team. The co-captain led the Bobcats in scoring with a career-high 15.8 points per game, ranking third in the conference. In NESCAC contests he averaged a league-best 19.0 points. Wholey tied a career-high in points with 28 during an overtime win at Tufts on Jan. 26, earning him the NESCAC Player of the Week award. Wholey finished his time in Lewiston ninth on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,246 points. Wholey was also first in the league in steals, averaging an even 2.0 per game, eighth in assists (3.9 apg) and 10th in free-throw percentage (.790), and was third on the Bobcats in rebounding (4.8 rpg).

Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) played like a veteran from the very start of his first season as a Bobcat. The 6-5 swingman was second behind Wholey in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game, the sixth-highest average in the conference. He also led the Bobcats and was ninth in the NESCAC in field goal percentage (.551) and was second on the team in rebounding with 5.0 boards per game. A two-time Maine State Rookie of the Week, Ellis also led the Bobcats in three-point percentage at .462 (18-39). He joins Zak Ray '07 in the Bates company of NESCAC Rookies of the Year.

View the 2008 NESCAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Team news release (PDF).