JUSTIN ELLER NAMED HONORABLE MENTION ALL-CONFERENCE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State senior center Justin Eller received honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference men’s basketball honors today after finishing the 2009-10 season with averages of 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 49.6 percent (119-240) from the field and 70.4 percent (100-142) from the free throw line.
Playing in his third and final season with the Hornets after transferring from the College of the Siskiyous, the award marked the first time Eller has been named all-Big Sky. It also marks the first time a Sacramento State center received all-conference accolades since Sean Houston was named honorable mention all-league in 1997-98.
The Yreka, Calif., native led the team in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free throws made, and free throws attempted. He also played in all 30 games and started the final 21 contests of the season.
Among conference leaders, Eller ranks fifth in offensive rebounds (2.0 per game), tied for sixth in free throws made (100), seventh in free throws attempted (142), 11th in field goal percentage (.496), 12th in rebounding (5.5 per game) and 13th in scoring (11.3 per game).
Eller scored in double figures 17 times during the final 19 games of the season, which included a career-high 25 points in his final game last Saturday against Northern Colorado. Over that 19-game span, he averaged 13.5 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 53.0 percent from the field. During that run, he posted double-doubles against both Idaho State (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Montana (14 points, 12 rebounds).
The team tri-captain entered the season with career averages of 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting .383 from the field and .631 from the free throw line. He substantially improved on all those numbers this season.
Among Sacramento State’s Div. I-era career leaders (1991-pres.), Eller ranks third in free throws attempted (318), fourth in rebounding (455), fifth in free throws made (211) and starts (68), tied for fifth in double-doubles (6), seventh in field goals made (271) and minutes (2,168), eighth in field goals attempted (637), and 10th in points (762) and rebounds per game (5.2).
Sacramento State finished the 2009-10 season with a 9-21 overall record and a 3-13 mark in the Big Sky. The nine wins were seven more than all of last season (2-27), and the three Big Sky wins tripled last year’s output (1-15).