The forwards for the all-time Boise State basketball team are set. Jason Ellis joins Arnell Jones in the front court, after outpointing Abe Jackson in a runoff election. Earlier, Chris Childs and Roberto Bergersen were voted as guards to the team. Here's a look at the newest member to the all-time team:
Jason Ellis (2001-2005)
Here was a Bronco that played with determination, heart and soul. There may have been Broncos with more talent, but no one that gave more effort or that was more relentless in the pursuit of bettering themselves and their team.
When he played his last game in March of 2005, Ellis went out as the school's record holder in terms of total rebounds with 948. Of course, Bill Otey's four-year total including junior college was higher, but Ellis beat the next best four-year starter, Bruce Bolden, by 181 rebounds. Ellis's average of 7.9 per game ranks third behind only Otey (15.1) and Steve Wallace (10.4).
Ellis contributed quietly without
drawing attention to himself; he did his job and that
was it. People recognize his
effort. But when you look at his
accomplishments, he has to rise near the top of the all-time forwards. Consider this: Jason is the only
Ellis really accepted his leadership role the past two seasons. He hit the boards with a tenacity that saw him grab 9.0 in 2003-04 and 8.96 the following year. Those seasons rank him sixth and seventh all-time.
In Ellis' junior year, the Broncos won 23 games, tied for second all-time, and scored a record 2,431 points. They made 852 field goals (4th), attempted 1,904 field goals (also 4th), hit 221 three-pointers (4th all-time) and attempted 639 treys (3rd all-time). They set an all-time school mark of 73.8% from the free-throw line and pulled down 1,136 rebounds, 2nd in the record books. That team took care of the ball, allowing only 180 steals, the fifth best performance all-time.
In Jason's sophomore season, he helped the Broncos to a season total of 109 blocked shots, 3rd all-time.
But those teams were not just known for their offense. His sophomore year, the Broncos allowed just 296 assists (4th all-time) and 43 percent shooting by their opposition (2nd). In Ellis' junior year, they allowed a meager 31 percent from three-point land and 43.2% overall, both third in the record books.
Ellis also has another impressive statistic in his resume. He is one of four Broncos to lead the team in blocked shots in three different seasons (Bruce Bolden, Tanoka Beard and Trever Tillman are the others). He blocked 27 shots his sophomore year, 32 the following season and 28 his senior year.
Jason was tabbed as a member of
the Western Athletic Conference All-Defensive Team in 2004 and 2005, and was
selected to the All-
Ellis's first year was
disappointing, with the team slipping to 13-17 in Coach Rod Jensen's last
year. The following season was almost
identical (13-16) but the Broncos enjoyed a great season in 2003-04 under Head
Coach Greg Graham.