Ellis Tabbed A-10 Rookie Of The Week

Cody Ellis (AIS photo)

ST. LOUIS — Saint Louis University standout freshman forward Cody Ellis has been selected the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week for the first time.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Ellis averaged 14.3 points and made eight of 19 3-point attempts (42.1 percent) in three games — wins over Massachusetts and Duquesne and a loss to Xavier. Ellis scored 19 points in the 73-71 loss to Xavier on Wednesday.

For the season, which includes 11 starts in 14 games, Ellis is averaging 12 points and 5.2 rebounds per game — both figures are second on the team — and has made 34 of 87 3-point attempts for a team-leading 39.1 percent.

Saint Louis is 10-4 (all A-10 contests) since Ellis has suited up with the Billikens after coming over from Australia at midseason when he was finally cleared by the NCAA.

Some other SLU basketball notes from the A-10 website…

Saint Louis registered eight blocks on Feb. 27 in its 69-59 win over Duquesne to establish a program single-season record with 143 on the year. Sophomore forward Willie Reed leads the team with 58 blocks. Freshman forwards Jon Smith (31 blocks) and Cory Remekun (26) rank second and third on the team, respectively.

Reed's seven double-doubles this season, including his impressive 18 points and 13 rebounds on Wednesday against Xavier, are the most by a Billiken since the 1995-96 season.

Saint Louis has yielded the fewest three-point field goals (97) in the nation entering play on Feb. 28. Richmond ranks second in the A-10 with 134 three-pointers allowed.

Richmond (11) and Saint Louis (10) have equaled their highest number of A-10 victories in a season.

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