Full Name: Christian Markell Ellis
Birth Date: March 5, 1984
Birth Place: Atlanta, GA
Parents' Names: Baxter and Belinda Thomas; Dale Ellis
High School Coach: Charlie Hood
A consistent, solid performer for the Demon Deacons for four years ... a good post defender who emerged as an offensive threat the last two years of his career ... developed into a very good perimeter shooter ... one of the strongest players in the ACC... very physical... can play either the center or power forward positions... was a key reserve as a freshman in 2002-03, spelling foul-plagued center Eric Williams most of the season... suffered a bad break prior to his sophomore season... broke a bone in his foot in the first hour of the first practice of the season... although he returned to action, he was not at full speed again the rest of the year... returned as a junior stronger and more determined... had surgery on that same foot in the summer of 2005... scored in double figures 14 times, including the last five games of his career ... had three games with double-digit rebounds and one double-double ... had 36 career dunks.
In The Wake Forest Record Books
15th in career blocked shots (70)
21st in single-season blocked shots (37 in 2006)
21st in single-season games played (33 in 2006)
Played in 33 games and started 10 times ... averaged 19.6 minutes per game ... shot 47.9 percent from the field ... made 25-of-60 (40.7 percent) three-point field goals ... made more three-pointers as a senior than he did in his previous three seasons combined ... was the team's fourth-leading scorer (5.6 ppg) ... averaged 4.3 rebounds per game ... tied for second on the team with 37 blocked shots ... shot a solid 73.3 percent from the free throw line ... averaged 12.7 points per game in the ACC Tournament and 12.2 ppg the month of March ... was 7-of-15 from three-point range in the ACC Tournament ... scored in double figures eight times, including each of the last five games ... had two double-figure rebound games and one double-double ... was third on the team with 13 dunks ... scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and blocked three shots against George Mason Nov. 11 ... went 4-of-5 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and chipped in three assists against the NCAA Tournament-bound Patriots ... scored 11 points and went 4-of-7 from the field in a Dec. 13 loss to DePaul ... earned his first career double-double Jan. 15 at Maryland with 10 points and 10 rebounds ... also went 6-of-6 from the line and blocked two shots against the Terrapins ... scored 11 points and blocked two shots on Senior Day March 4 against NC State ... scored 10 points, made 3 three-point field goals and blocked two shots against Florida State in the ACC Tournament ... one day later he scored a career-high 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds against NC State ... scored 13 points, pulled down 9 boards and made 3 three-pointers in an ACC Tournament loss to Duke ... led the Deacons in scoring with 12 points, had six rebounds and two blocked shots March 15 at Minnesota in the NIT.
Played in 32 games and started once... averaged 12.1 minutes per game... one of the team's leaders in field goal percentage (.556)... averaged 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game... shot a solid 72.4 percent from the free throw line... entered the season with zero career three-point field goals, but made 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from behind the arc... had 19 blocked shots and 11 steals... scored in double figures four times... had 15 dunks... scored 14 points and went 2-of-2 from three-point range in Nov. 22 win over visiting Yale... made all four of his field goal attempts en route to 10 points Dec. 15 versus Elon... scored 11 points, went 3-of-4 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line in Jan. 15 victory over eventual NCAA champion North Carolina... made all three of his field goal attempts, including his only three-point attempt, and blocked a career-high three shots Jan. 29 against Miami... made his only start of the season, scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds Feb. 23 against Longwood.
Played in 16 games, averaging 6.5 minutes per contest... broke a bone in his foot on the first day of practice and did not see action until game No. 8... never fully recovered from the injury and received a second surgery on the foot following the season... made 8-of-21 field goal attempts... missed just one of seven free throw attempts (.857)... 13 of his 23 rebounds were on the offensive end... received a loud ovation when he returned from injury Dec. 30 against North Carolina A&T... played 12 minutes against the Aggies... recorded five points, two rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots Jan. 6 vs. Brown... came off the bench to make both field goal attempts en route to four points Jan. 13 at Texas... played 12 minutes and scored five points in Jan. 25 loss at Florida State... scored a season-high eight points in just 11 minutes Feb. 12 at Clemson... grabbed a season-high five rebounds and made 3-of-4 field goal attempts against the Tigers... saw six minutes of action in Feb. 18 win over No. 3 Duke.
Played in all 31 games, tying for the seventh-most games played by a Wake Forest freshman... started once (vs. Florida State on Jan. 26) and averaged 12.8 minutes per game... shot an even 50 percent from the field (29-of-58)... ranked fifth on the team in blocked shots with 12... scored in double figures twice... made his first big impact in Dec. 4 win at 23rd-ranked Wisconsin... with Eric Williams in foul trouble, Ellis played a career-high 23 minutes, made 3-of-4 field goal attempts for six points and did a superb job on defense... Coach Prosser points to that win over the Badgers as the game that really jump-started the Deacons' season... scored in double figures for the first time Dec. 18 against SC State when he contributed 10 points in just 18 minutes... scored a career-high 14 points, played 20 minutes and was 6-of-7 from the free throw line in Dec. 30 win over Bethune-Cookman... grabbed a then-career-high six rebounds in his first career ACC game, Jan. 12 at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium... was instrumental in Wake's Jan. 19 win over visiting Georgia Tech... pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds and scored six points against the Yellow Jackets... played 20 minutes in Feb.13 double-overtime win over 8th-ranked Duke... grabbed seven rebounds to go with two points in the win over the Blue Devils... was a key performer in March 8 regular season finale win at NC State... played just nine minutes, but made all three of his field goal attempts en route to six points in the win over the Wolfpack... that win guaranteed the outright ACC title for the Deacons... playing time dropped slightly in the postseason... played significant minutes in both ACC Tournament and both NCAA Tournament games, but did not attempt a field goal.
Marietta (Ga.) High School, 2002... averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds, 3.5 blocked shots and 2.0 assists per game as a senior at Marietta High School ... shot 60 percent from the field and 68 percent from the free throw line... played for coach Charlie Hood... represented Georgia in the Tennessee-Georgia High School All-Star Game in March, 2003... scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots in that game... named team MVP and top rebounder... earned all-state honors in Georgia... the Metro Player of the Year... named a scholar athlete at Marietta... averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots as a junior... earned five varsity letters at Marietta, including four in basketball and one in track.
Chose Wake Forest over Florida State, Clemson, Georgia and Alabama... hobbies include sleeping, fishing and golfing... father, Dale Ellis, was a standout player at Tennessee and later in the NBA with Dallas, Seattle, Miami and San Antonio.
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