KANSAS CITY, Mo. – One player from the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team will be making an appearance at the NCAA Division II Elite Eight March 21-24. Senior forward James Ellisor (Glendale, Ariz.) has been announced to the 20-player roster for the Reese’s Division II College All-Star Game March 23 at 6 p.m. (central) at the Kentucky Bank Center on the campus of Northern Kentucky, named by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
He will wear number four for the West Team, coached by Ken Wagner and also compete in the Dunk contest March 22 between NCAA semifinal games or at halftime of one of the contests.
Ellisor was named to the NABC Coaches’ Division II All-Central District First Team March 16, after he guided the Beavers to a 22-9 record in 2011-12 and their second trip to the NCAA tournament in program history. The All-Star game will be apart of the Division II Elite Eight, hosted by Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky., with the game being played the night before the Division II national championship contest.
The East Team coach for the game is Dale Clayton, a past president of the NABC and former head coach at Carson-Newman, and West Team coach Ken Wagner, head coach at BYU-Hawaii and a former member of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee.
The teams are composed of outstanding seniors, two players from each of the eight regions in Division II with four at-large selections.
Also on the West Team is Cody Schilling from Augustana College of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Taylor Rohde of University of Alaska-Anchorage and formally of Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Ariz., a player Ellisor competed with and against in high school.
Full team rosters here [NABC pdf]
The Bemidji State men’s basketball team made its second appearance in the NCAA tournament in program history March 10 as it closed the 2011-12 season as the third seed at the NCAA Tournament with a 77-72 loss to sixth seed and NSIC-foe St. Cloud State in Golden, Colo. on the campus of Colorado School of Mines. The Beavers finished the season with a record-breaking number of wins and an overall record of 22-9. Bemidji State’s 16-6 conference record was also a team record for wins and earned it the NSIC championship. BSU will lose three seniors to graduation, including Ellisor and Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team Bryce Tesdahl. The Beavers will have four seniors and three juniors returning for the 2012-13 campaign. Head coach Matt Bowen (NSIC Coach of the Year) completed his sixth season at Bemidji State in 2011-12 and owns a career mark of 64-102 (.386).
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
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Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).