Ellisor earns closed pre-draft try-out with Minnesota Timberwolves
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Ellisor earns closed pre-draft try-out with Minnesota Timberwolves

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Former Bemidji State University men’s basketball player and Daktronics Division II Men’s Basketball Ron Lenz National Player of the Year James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) has been selected to participate in a closed pre-draft try-out Wednesday, May 9 with the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association.

Agents and scouts will attend the private work out at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. to assess Ellisor in a full day of testing, drills and work outs.

In two seasons at Bemidji State (2010-12), 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.

In 2011,12, Ellisor became the first student-athlete at BSU to earn All-America recognition from three different publications in a single-season to lead the Beavers to a program-best 22-9 record and their second appearance in the NCAA tournament in program history.

Last season, Ellisor earned Daktronics First Team All-America, NABC Coaches’ Division II All-America Team, Division II Bulletin First Team All-American, 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.

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