Thursday, June 30, 2005

Blessed to be a Warrior

Lanier standout falls short of first-round goal from The Clarion-Ledger

Projected as a first-round pick in some circles, Ellis slipped to the second round Tuesday night, where he was selected with the 40th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors.

"There was a lot going through my mind," said a disappointed Ellis, who watched the draft on television with some 200 friends, family and media at a Jackson establishment. "I know half the guys who were drafted — and I know I'm way better than them. But it's a blessing to get drafted by the Warriors. Now I'm just going to go in and work hard and prove everybody wrong."
Ellis — a 6-foot-3 guard from Lanier, the state's Mr. Basketball for 2005 and the Parade magazine national Co-Player of the Year, had hoped to become the third high school player from Mississippi in the last three years to be chosen in the first round, following in the footsteps of Travis Outlaw of Starkville in 2003 and Al Jefferson of Prentiss in '04.


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