Ellisor named NABC All-Central District First Team
Friday, March 16, 2012
Ellisor named NABC All-Central District First Team
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced Friday Bemidji State University senior forward James Ellisor (Glendale, Ariz.) has been named NABC Coaches’ Division II All-Central District First Team, selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.

Ellisor is the first student-athlete at BSU to earn first team recognition since Charles Hanks in 2003-04 and just the second student-athlete at Bemidji State to be honored by the NABC. The senior from Glendale, Ariz. now moves on to the NABC All-America ballot.

The Central District is comprised of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

In 2011-12, Ellisor has earned Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year, Daktronics First Team All-Central Region, NSIC Player of the Year, First Team All-NSIC and was a four-time NSIC Player of the Week. 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. The senior 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).

In two seasons at Bemidji State, Ellisor amassed 1,133 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 posted 18 20-plus point games, en route to 680 total points to set the BSU mark for points in a single season by 31 points. Ellisor knocked down 251 shots from the field and 144 free throws to establish the school’s single season mark in both categories. He completed his senior season averaging 21.9 points per game and currently ranks No. 3 nationally.

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
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).