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Ellis Named National Junior College Player of the Year

April 20, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's basketball signee Jamarcus Ellis was named the National Junior College Player of the Year, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men's Basketball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.

Ellis averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game for Chipola (Fla.) Junior College, helping guide the team to a 33-3 record and a runner-up finish in the Junior College National Tournament. Chipola also won the NJCAA Region 8, the Panhandle Conference and held the No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA National Poll for 10 consecutive weeks.

"Jamarcus looked me in the eye after the 2005-06 season and told me he wanted to win this award," Chipola Head Coach Greg Heiar said. "He set the goal and achieved it. Indiana is getting a kid that will do whatever it takes to win."

Ellis, a Chicago native and product of Westinghouse High School, is one member of the Hoosiers' six-man recruiting class which ranks in the top 10 nationally according to most recruiting services. He was a Chipola and high school teammate of DeAndre Thomas, who signed with Indiana on April 11. Ellis joins Thomas, a 6-8, 295-pound forward; Indiana Mr. Basketball Eric Gordon, a 6-4, 205-pound guard from Indianapolis North Central High School; Eli Holman, a 6-9, 210-pound center from Richmond (Calif.) High School; Jordan Crawford, a 6-4, 190-pound guard from Detroit, Mich. (Hargrave [Va.] Military Academy) and Brandon McGee, a 6-7, 220-pound forward from Chicago Crane High School.


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