Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Monta Ellis: ” A transformation from a high school baller to a NBA Star”

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Just six years ago in high school, he filled gymnasiums with excited fans awaiting the show he would put on the hardwood floor night in and night out. Just six years ago, Monta Ellis was high school basketball phenomenon in the city of Jackson, Miss. He attended Lanier High School where he was drafted in the second round by the Golden State Warriors. Then, he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks within this past year. Nevertheless, before he reached the NBA, he played in the rough streets and hard edges of Jackson, Miss at Lanier High School. In high school, Ellis was lightning quick with an exceptional first step. If he beats you with his first step, as a defender, you will never be able to keep him in front of you again. Through his life, even in high school, he was told he would not make it very far due to his personal attitude; however, Ellis beat the odds. While Ellis was in high school, he started seeing major playing action in his sophomore year. Dazzling the crowd with his quickness and leaving defenders in a daze, he quickly made a name for himself within the state of Mississippi as well as around the world. By his senior year, he led Lanier to multiple championships, played  in McDonald’s All-Star Game, scored breathtaking point totals on various teams across the state of Mississippi.

Because I am from Jackson, Miss., I had the pleasure and opportunity of watching Ellis play against various schools within the state. I remember watching break down the defenses of  Jim Hill High School during his senior in the 4A State Championship game. Although most thought of him as a one man show, there were instances were we as individuals could see that Ellis was destined for the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a dominant force but he also made his teammates around him better.

After watching him through high school and into the prime portion of his career in the NBA, he has truly elevated his game into a new level. Basketball critics often questioned whether he would play the point or shooting guard. Now, he has the ability to do both as before he mostly played shooting guard. Like high school, although drafted in the second round and doubted by many, he made a name and set a standard for himself. Within only a few years, he won the award of NBA Most Improved Player in 2007. This alone set him on a pace destined for greatness in the NBA. Only in his 6th season, Ellis has a lot of basketball still in store for us as viewers to see.


Written by Wilton Jackson

March 14, 2013 at 4:19 am

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