BEAVERTON, Ore. – For the third time this postseason Bemidji State University men’s basketball senior forward James Ellisor (Glendale, Ariz.) was selected to an All-American Team. Monday, Ellisor was named Division II Bulletin First Team All-American.
Ellisor is the first student-athlete at BSU to earn All-America recognition from three different publications in a single season. He is in small company for Bemidji State men’s basketball All-Americans, as Charles Hanks was named to an All-American team in 2003-04 and Arne Johnson in 1940-1941.
Division II Bulletin announced four All-America teams with five student-athletes on each, while also listing 31 honorable mention players. The publication also listed a Freshman All-American Team. Ellisor was the lone member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference on any of the four teams, while three student-athletes from the conference were named honorable mention in Cody Schilling from Augustana, D.J. Hamilton from Minnesota State University Moorhead and Clayton Vette from Winona State. Alaska Anchorage senior Taylor Rohde was named the 2012 Division II Bulletin Player of the Year.
In 2011-12, Ellisor has earned Daktronics Division II Men’s Basketball Ron Lenz National Player of the Year, Daktronics First Team All-America, NABC Coaches’ Division II All-America Team, Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year, Daktronics First Team All-Central Region, NABC Coaches’ Division II All-Central District First Team, 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).
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 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 currently rank No. 3 nationally. His 57.8 percent mark from the field is 25th in the nation and his 82.2 free throw percentage is 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 closes his career as a Beaver with a 57.9 field goal percentage and shot 83.4 percent from the charity stripe.
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 Central Region Men’s Basketball 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 program-record number of wins and an overall mark 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 Small College Hoops/Division II Bulletin
Since 1991, we have been the leading authority on small college basketball. Our four newsletters cover Division II men’s and women’s basketball and Division III men’s and women’s basketball. The publications are read by coaches, fans, players and booster club members. Every year since 1991, our publications have selected All-American teams, a Player of the Year, and a Coach of the Year sponsored by Molten USA basketballs.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).