James Ellisor has become a new Coviran Granada player for next season. The American turned 31 on March 9, measures 196 centimeters and can act as both a guard and a forward, so he adds versatility to the squad led by Pablo Pin. With his arrival, the coach from Granada already has 8 players for next season, since in addition to the newly incorporated coach, the Granada coach has: Lluís Costa, Christian Díaz, Germán Martínez, Joan Pardina, Jacobo Díaz, David Iriarte and Edu Gatell.
The new Coviran Granada player has played the last six seasons of his professional career for European teams. In fact, James Ellisor has been proclaimed champion of the Portuguese Basketball League in three of the last five years. The guard won the trophy twice when he wore the Oliveirense Cacarola shirt, while in the recently concluded campaign he did the same with Sporting de Portugal (he had not won the title since 1982) by beating Porto in the final by 87- 86. The rojinegro scored 11 points in the decisive clash.
Ellisor played a total of 41 matches last season between the regular in Portugal, the Champions League and the Europe Cup. The guard, who played more than 30 minutes on average in all competitions, averaged 12.4 points. His participation in the domestic tournament and in the Europe Cup was particularly noteworthy, in which he averaged 15.3 points (with a 46% accuracy in the triple), 5.7 rebounds and a PIR of 17.
In addition, the rojinegro led his team in achieving the league title by averaging 12.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists. James Ellisor also played at a high level two seasons ago in the ranks of Sporting, with which he averaged 15.8 points in 22 games before the competition was stopped.
The best match for the shooting guard last season was against Porto. Ellisor scored 21 points and had a PIR of 27. In addition, he also surpassed a PIR of 20 in five other regular season games. His best game in attack came against Esgueira with 23 points in the 40 minutes he played. The rojinegro scored 7 of the 9 2-point shots he tried, made 2 of the 4 triples he shot and added the 3 free throws he had.
With the arrival of James Ellisor, Coviran Granada manages to incorporate a proven player who has made an important name in Portugal, as he has been key in all the teams he has been in.
Statements by the coach and sports director of Coviran Granada, Pablo Pin
James Ellisor is a very complete player. In attack it has several registers. He is capable of playing 1vs1 or direct blocking. He does a bit of everything and we think he can adapt well to our team play. He is a solvent player who has been in Portugal for several years and has won three leagues. He has an important sporting maturity, he was consolidated in Portugal and he wanted to take a different step in his career. We have been seeing it for several years and we are very happy because it can be adapted and can do many things.