Beecher’s Ellison named AP Class C boys Player of the Year
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Malik “Mighty Mouse” Ellison received a FaceTime call on the night of Feb. 28.
The 5-foot-8, 155-pound Beecher point guard was fresh off an emotional high of dropping a Flint area record 63 points and 11 assists, in a thrilling 108-104 triple-overtime loss to New Haven for the season finale.
He immediately answered the call when former Beecher star and Iowa State floor general Monte Morris hit him up.
At that point, Ellison was averaging nearly 27 points per game with only one offer from Division II Northwood University.
“I told him that Michigan State missed out on me doing the same thing they are doing to you, but you’ve just got to keep grinding and wait your turn,” Morris explained. “People know good players. I just told him to play the waiting game and when you do get that offer just make people pay for it.”
Ellison took that advice and has now been voted as The Associated Press’ Class C Player of the Year.
“So deserving . so satisfying. It’s a relief for me,” said Beecher coach Mike Williams. “I didn’t want to feel like I wasn’t doing my job or I wasn’t doing enough for that kid. It’s been an honor to coach him and to coach a kid this good after having Monte (Morris).”
Two weeks later, Ellison also picked up his first Division I offer from Eastern Michigan University after a 95-64 regional semifinal victory against Unionville-Sebewaing on March 13.
Ellison averaged 26.2 points, 5.3 assists, 4.2 steals and 3.5 rebounds in his senior season. He was astonished to learn the news of being named Player of the Year.
“It’s crazy. I can’t even explain it for real,” Ellison said. “You dream about being an MVP or Player of the Year then you work so hard for this. I’ve been playing basketball since I was six and I’ve really never won a Player of the Year or MVP award so this is a first for me.”
The 2016-17 AP All-State Basketball Team is selected by a panel of Michigan sportswriters and broadcasters.
Kylen Brown of Michigan Center, Nick Welch of Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central, Jamal Cain of Detroit Cornerstone, Victor McEwen of Burton Atherton, Carson Wonders of Iron Mountain, Dre Tuominen of Negaunee, Craig Sterk of McBain), Jack Staley of Breckenridge and Gary Solomon of Detroit Edison PSA join Ellison on the AP Class C All-State First Team.
Michigan Center’s Travis Gaddy was voted Coach of the Year.