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Ellis, Brust earn MMBCWA All-State recognition

Brian Ellis '11 was named First Team All-State Monday by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College men's basketball players Brian Ellis and Mark Brust were both cited on Monday as the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association released its All-State teams for the 2009-10 season.

Ellis, a junior forward from Braintree, Mass., was named First Team All-State, echoing the honor he received earlier as a NESCAC First Team All-Conference selection. Brust, a first-year point guard from Duxbury, Mass., was voted to a spot on the Maine State All-Rookie Team.

Ellis, a team captain, was perhaps the most consistent player on the team and one of the Bobcats' most aggressive and energetic players. He led Bates in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg), both career-high averages. He also posted an impressive .511 field goal percentage and ranked second on the Bobcats in steals per game (0.96 spg). Ellis ranked ninth in the NESCAC in both scoring and rebounding, and was also 11th in the conference in field goal percentage, 14th in free throw percentage (.719) and 15th in steals.

Mark Brust '13 became Bates' first member of the Maine All-Rookie Team since Brian Ellis '11.

Ellis scored in double figures in 22 out of 26 games; he led the Bobcats in scoring 14 times and in rebounding 11 times.

It is the fourth postseason honor of Ellis's career -- in 2008 he was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year as well as a member of the MMBCWA Maine State All-Rookie Team.

Since taking over as Bates' starting point guard against Williams on Jan. 16, Brust averaged 9.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 turnovers per game while playing a team-high 30.8 minutes per game. On Feb. 13 he carried Bates to a comeback victory over Tufts, scoring 21 points on 10-13 shooting, including 15 during a 22-7 second-half run spanning seven minutes.

View the MMBCWA 2009-10 All-State Teams release (PDF)