OLIVEIRA, Portugal – Bemidji State University graduate and former men’s basketball standout James Ellisor (’12) has been signed by Uniao Desportiva Oliveirense of Portugal’s LPB league. The signing marks the beginning of Ellisor’s fourth season as a professional player.
Ellisor most recently played for Planeta-Universitet Ukhta in Russia (2013-14).
Selected as Daktronics Division II Men’s Basketball Ron Lenz National Player of the Year, Ellisor was also named Daktronics First Team All-America, Division II Bulletin First Team All-America, NABC Coaches’ Division II All-America, NSIC Player of the Year, First Team All-NSIC to conclude the 2011-12 season at Bemidji State. He led the league in scoring with 22.9 points per conference contest. His 504 total points in league play established a new conference record for points in a season, while his 182 field goals made also placed his name atop the NSIC single-season list. He scored 30 points on five occasions, including the final three games of the regular season to guide the Beavers to their first NSIC Regular-Season Championship since 2003-04. He posted a career-high 34 points on three different occasions to tie for the league’s top single-game performance in the 22-game NSIC schedule. Ellisor also led the NSIC in 3-point percentage with a 57.8 percent clip and ranked in the top 10 in minutes per game (2nd, 33.86 mpg), field goal percentage (4th, 59.3%), free throw percentage (6th, 87.7%) and rebounds per game (9th, 6.0 rpg).
He posted 18 20-plus point games, en route to 680 total points to set the BSU mark for points in a single season. Ellisor knocked down 251 shots from the field and 144 free throws to establish the school’s single-season mark in both categories. He also brought down 202 rebounds (6.5 rpg) to rank ninth on BSU’s single-season chart. He completed his senior season averaging 21.9 points per game to rank third nationally. His 57.8 percent mark from the field was 25th in the nation and his 82.2 free throw percentage was 36th.
In two seasons at Bemidji State, Ellisor amassed 1,129 career points to rank 13th on BSU’s career points list and become the 15th player at BSU to reach the 1,000 point plateau. He closed his career as a Beaver with a 57.9 field goal percentage and shot 83.4 percent from the charity stripe.
Ellisor led the Beavers to a program-record number of wins and an overall mark of 22-9 in 2011-12 and the program’s second appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Bemidji State’s 16-6 conference record was also a team record for wins and earned it the NSIC championship.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs. BSU’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs are members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.