|Brian Ellis '11 earned the first NESCAC Player of the Week honors of his outstanding career.|
HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates College senior Brian Ellis was named NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, announced Monday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference, as well as Maine Player of the Week by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association (MMBCWA).
Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) hit 12 of 16 shots from the floor, including 2-of-3 behind the arc, and went 7-for-7 at the free-throw line for a career-high 33 points in Bates' 76-72 loss to Southern Maine on Tuesday. He also had four rebounds and three assists.
It was the most points scored by a Bobcat since C.J. Neely '03 netted 43 against Colby-Sawyer on Jan. 14, 2003; it was also the first 30-point game since Zak Ray '07 scored 30 against Amherst on Feb. 25, 2006. Coincidentally, Ellis passed Neely and Darrell Akins '92 on Bates' all-time scoring list during the game, and currently is 27th on the list with 1,053.
Ellis leads the NESCAC in the early going in scoring, averaging 22.7 points per game. He is also tied for third in field goal percentage (26-36, .722) and is tied for 14th in rebounding (5.7 rpg).
The MMBCWA also named first-year guard Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.) to the Rookie Honor Roll for the second straight week. Matarazzo had four points, five assists and three rebounds against USM.
Surprisingly, it is Ellis's first Player of the Week award from either the NESCAC or MMBCWA, despite a career that has included First Team All-NESCAC, All-State and NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors.