Ellis Makes All-Time Bronco Basketball Team

Jason Ellis won a close election over Abe Jackson to become the fourth member of the BroncoCountry all-time basketball team. One more position is left, and we will look at the great Bronco centers next. First, we salute Jason Ellis!

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 Boise State player since 1968 to score over 1,000 points and grab 800 rebounds.  He also ranks fifth in blocked shots with 103 and 11th in career field goals with 389.   

 

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.

 

Jason led Boise State in rebounding all of his four seasons, getting progressively better.  In 2001-02, he grabbed 5.8 per game, then took command with 7.8 his sophomore season, 9.0 the following year and 8.86 his senior season.  Jason also led Boise State in field goal percentage in his sophomore and senior years, hitting 49% (102-208 and 48.9% (113-281) respectively.  Ellis joined Bronco great Bruce Bolden as the only two players in school history to lead their teams in rebounding in each of their four seasons.

 

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-WAC Tournament team in 2006.

 

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.  Boise State finished second during the season with a 12-6 WAC record, defeating UTEP twice and also knocking off Oregon State.  The Miners got the better of them in the post-season tournament, however, and the Broncos were chosen for the National Invitation Tournament.  They reached the Sweet Sixteen by blasting Mountain West Conference member UNLV 84-69 and downing Wisconsin-Milwaukee 73-70 before losing at Marquette 66-53.

 


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