IU-bound recruit Jamarcus Ellis was named the national junior college player of the year, the NJCAA announced today.
The 6-5 Ellis averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists this season for Chipola (Fla.) Junior College, helping lead the squad to a 33-3 record and a runner-up finish in the National Junior College tournament. Chipola J.C. won the Panhandle Conference championship and spent 10 weeks ranked No. 1 nationally.
A Chicago Westinghouse H.S. product, Ellis is one of the marquee names in an Indiana recruiting class ranked in the top five nationally by most recruiting services. Along with McDonald's All-American Eric Gordon, Ellis is one of the two players expected to make the biggest impact right away.
"He's the kind of player who does whatever it takes to win," said Chipola J.C. Coach Greg Heiar said. "He's had a couple of games where in the last four minutes he's just completely taken the game over – and I mean completely taken it over, in every facet – and put us on his back to win the game.
"I don't see his role changing at all at Indiana. Talking to those coaches, they know Jamarcus really well and they know what they're getting. Some people up there might not understand what type of player they're getting, but they're getting a kid that will do whatever it takes to win."
Ellis Named JUCO Player of the Year
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