Season ended in 14th game at Nebraska with a dislocated shoulder on a block attempt ... averaged 16.9 points and 8.9 rebounds to that point in 14 starts ... opened the season with an explosive 30 points and 10 rebounds in loss to Indiana ... 30 points is career high ... now has seven career double-doubles ... hit 12-of-19 shots from the field in that game ... followed with 27 points and eight rebounds in win at Texas A&M-CC on 10-of-14 shooting ... played over 30 minutes in all but one of the 14 games ... was 10-of-14 at Stephen F. Austin for 24 points ... also grabbed 10 rebounds ... had 25 points and pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds against Prairie View A&M ... scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Texas A&M at home ... connected on 11-of-13 shots from the foul line in that game ... shot 50.3 percent from the field and 73.8 percent from the foul line on the season ... had 12 blocks.
One of the top freshmen in the Big 12 ... leading freshman rebounder in the league with an average of 4.9 per game ... second-leading scoring freshman in the Big 12 with an average of 9.0 points per game ... scored a career-high with 22 points against Colorado ... grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against Kansas to go with 12 points for first career double-double ... shot .477 on the season on 95-of-199 from the field ... registered perfect shooting night three times ... against Texas he went 6-for-6 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line for 16 points ... at Oklahoma, shot 5-of-5 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free throw line for career-high 17 points ... went 4-of-5 from the field and 8-of-8 from the free throw line at Baylor ... scored 11 points against Pepperdine, including seven-for-10 from the free throw line ... scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Stephen F Austin ... grabbed six rebounds in 16 minutes against North Texas ... blocked two shots against Stephen F. Austin ... led team with seven rebounds at Kansas State ... scored 14 points against Texas A&M and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds ... scored 10 points at Iowa State ... recorded a streak of 14-straight free throws thatended in Kansas game ... took a crucial charge of Jayhawk center Eric Chenowith with 2:40 left in win over Kansas ... led team with 12 points at Texas ... named to the Big 12's all-freshman team by a panel of reporters who cover the league.
All-state performer as a senior for Lamesa High School ? led team to 32-4 record and appearance in the final four semifinals of the state basketball tournament ? the 1997-98 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 4A-5A All-South Plains Player of the Year ? Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class 4A All-State ? All-Region pick ? District 2-4A Player of the Year ? averaged 21.6 points and 11.2 rebounds as a senior ? shot 54 percent from the floor, 73 percent from the free throw line ? grabbed 20 rebounds versus Denver City and blocked nine shots against Monterey ? led South Plains in scoring and was second in rebounding ? tallied 23 double-doubles in 35 games as a senior ? notched 111 blocks during the season and had nine games with five or more blocks ? helped Lamesa win the district and advance to the state tournament for 11th time in school history ? tournament MVP during senior season at Brownfield, Seminole and Lubbock ABC Caprock ? played on the north squad in the TABC all-star game and in the Texas High School Coaches all-star game in Houston ? also selected to Oil Bowl Classic Basketball Game last summer ? KAMC Athlete of the Week ? Texas Basketball Magazine First Team All-State ... All-district as a junior, averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 blocks ? first-team all-district and academic all-district ? also an academic all-district selection for the baseball squad ? MVP of Brownfield tourney as a junior ? made all-tournament squad at Monahans ? played in Blue Chip Camp in Georgetown, Ky., after sophomore year ? played for state runner-up baseball team for class 4A ? chose Texas Tech over Baylor, Rice, SMU and Tulsa.
Born Aug. 19, 1980 ? full name is Andrew Thomas Ellis ? goes by Andy ? son of Johnnie and Linda Ellis?has one brother, Johnnie, who played baseball at Lamar?cousin played baseball at Rice, while two uncles played football at Sul Ross State?both parents attended West Texas State?member of the Lamesa High Student Council?active in FCA?worked as a DARE Role Model, counseling youth and speaking to 4-H groups ... majoring in mathematics.