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Ellis named First Team All-State by Maine coaches and writers

LEWISTON, Maine -- For the second straight year, Bates senior Brian Ellis has been voted First Team All-State by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association, announced Friday by the MMBCWA.

It is the second postseason honor received this year by Ellis (Braintree, Mass.). Last week he was named Second Team All-Conference by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

It is also the sixth 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, and last year he was First Team All-State and First Team All-NESCAC.

The 6-foot-5 forward averaged a career-high 17.5 points per game this season, ranking fourth in the conference in scoring. Ellis was seventh in the league in field goal percentage (.526) and 13th in free-throw percentage (.748) as well. Ellis was also third on the team in rebounding (4.5 rpg), second in assists (2.2 apg), second in blocked shots (0.4 bpg) and third in steals (0.9 spg).

Ellis was named NESCAC Player of the Week on Nov. 29 after scoring a career-high 33 points against Southern Maine. Ellis scored in double figures in 21 of the 22 games in which he played. Other season highlights included 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a Dec. 4 win over Bowdoin, and scoring 23 and 21 points on back-to-back days against two top-10 nationally ranked teams, Williams and Middlebury.

A two-time team captain, Ellis finished his career at No. 8 on Bates' all-time scoring list, with 1,370 points. In 96 games in a Bobcat uniform, he averaged 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, with a .520 field goal percentage.

A two-time team captain, Ellis finished his career at No. 8 on Bates' all-time scoring list, with 1,370 points. In 96 games in a Bobcat uniform, he averaged 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, with a .520 field goal percentage.

View the 2011 MMBCWA All-State Teams release (PDF)