Feb. 27, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Junior F Ella Ellis was recognized as one of the top players in the Patriot League on Monday, earning first-team all-conference honors in a vote by the league’s coaches. Ellis is Army’s first first-team selection since Jarell Brown in 2008. In addition, freshman G Maxwell Lenox was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team.
Ellis leads the Black Knights and ranks third in the conference with a 17.7 points per game scoring average. He is also the team’s leading rebounder at 4.7 boards per game and ranks second on the squad with 2.1 assists per game. Ellis and Patriot League Player of the Year C.J. McCollum enter the postseason as the only two players in the conference to average at least 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
During conference play, Ellis was also third in the Patriot League with a 17.4 points-per-game average. He ranked second in the conference, hitting 89.2 percent of his free throw tries in 14 games (74-83).
Ellis etched his name into the West Point record book this season, becoming the 28th member of the Black Knights’ 1,000-point club. He is only the second Army player to ever record at least 500 points, 130 rebounds and 50 assists in the same season. Ellis is the first player to accomplish that feat since Army Athletics Hall of Fame member Randy Cozzens in 1984-85.
A key part of Army’s point guard rotation, Lenox is averaging 6.6 points per game and leads the Black Knights in both assists (92) and steals (35). He is the first plebe to hand out 90 assists in a season since 2000-01, and his 190 points are the most by an Army rookie since 2008-09. Lenox ranks sixth in the Patriot League with 3.2 assists per game and a 1.2 assists-to-turnover ratio. He stands fourth in the league with 1.2 steals per game, the best among the conference’s rookies this season.
Lenox also ranked sixth in the conference with 3.2 assists during league play. His 1.4 steals per game in 14 Patriot League contests was third in the conference.
The two selections mark the first time since 1999 that the Black Knights have had both a first-team player and an all-rookie pick. It is the first time since 2009 that Army had two all-conference selections (Cleveland Richard, 2nd team; Julian Simmons, All-Rookie).
Army has now had at least one member of the Patriot League All-Rookie Team in three of the lasts four seasons, including the last two. It is the first time the Black Knights have had back-to-back all-rookie team members since 1998 and 1999.
The Black Knights are the sixth seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will travel to No. 3 American on Wednesday. Tip-off at Bender Arena is set for 7:30 p.m.