|Hometown:||San Francisco, Calif.|
|High School:||Wallenberg HS|
|College:||West Valley College|
Ivan Elliott is UCSB's Mr. Energy. If there is a rebound to be had, he will go for it. If there is a loose ball to be recovered, he will dive for it. If there is a charge to be taken, he will take it. Whether he is in the starting lineup or not, Elliott will be an important part of the Gauchos' success in 2007-08. Unlike the 2006-07 season when he played primarily at the five spot, the native San Franciscan is projected to play at the four and the five spots this season.
The Rebounding Leader...Sort Of
In 2006-07, Elliott finished second on the team in rebounding at 6.0 per game. In terms of rebounds per minutes played however, he actually led the team. Elliott collected 174 total rebounds in 650 minutes of action, while Chris Devine had 190 in 916 minutes. His average of 10.7 rebounds per 40 minutes was more than two rebounds higher than Devine's 8.4 per 40 minutes. Furthermore, Elliott was the Gauchos' leading rebounder in Big West play when he averaged 6.8 per game and his five double-figure rebounding performances tied Devine for team-high honors in that category.
Yeah, You Actually Can Go Home Again
With apologies to Thomas Wolfe, you actually can go home again. At least Elliott was able to. Playing right around the corner from where he went to high school in San Francisco, he had one of the best games of his junior season. A graduate of Wallenberg High School, Elliott's performance at the University of San Francisco was instrumental in a UCSB victory. In the game, he finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot and one steal. He made all six of his field goal attempts overall, including the first three-pointer of his career. Elliott, however, was not perfect in the game against the Dons. He did miss both of his free throw attempts.
Playing The Field, But Nothing Is Free
Elliott had one of those Shaq-like seasons in 2006-07. He finished the year shooting 56.0% from the field and 52.4% from the free throw line. Elliott's percentages finished the year like two trains passing in the night. After starting the season by making six free throws in a row, he made just 16 of his final 36, 44.4%. On the other hand, after making just nine of his first 25 field goal attempts, 36.0%, Elliott completed the year by making 66 of 109, 60.6%. At one point, during a five game stretch in December, he made 22 of 26 shots, 84.6%.
A Double-Double Of His Own
In 2006-07 UCSB had two players record double-figures in points and rebounds in the same game. Chris Devine turned the trick a team-leading five times. The only other double-double fashioned by a Gaucho in 2006-07 was done by Elliott. In the team's first Big West game of the year, a win over UC Riverside, he went 6-of-9 from the field for 12 points and pulled-in a team-high 10 rebounds. In the Gauchos' next game, a home win against Cal State Fullerton, Elliott came within an eyelash of his second consecutive double-double as he finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Whether he starts or comes off of the bench, senior forward Ivan Elliott will be an important part of UCSB's fortunes in 2007-08...A versatile and athletic player, Elliott will again be one of the team's most important rebounders and interior defenders...Consistently plays as hard as any Gaucho.
Elliott was one of the team's pleasant surprises as a junior when he averaged 6.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game...His rebound average of 6.0 per game was second on the team, but he paced the team in offensive rebounds with 66...Played in all 29 games, starting 17 in a row in the middle of the season...Made 5-of-6 shots and scored a career-high 14 points in an early-season win at Montana State...Had 10 or more points seven times and 10 or more rebounds five times...Four of his double-figure scoring games came during a five-game span in late December...Elliott produced one double-double, going for 12 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over UC Riverside...In the same homestand, he had 13 points and nine rebounds against Cal State Fullerton...Playing just around the corner from the high school he attended, Elliott had one of his best games in a win at San Francisco, making all six of his field goal attempts, including his first three-pointer of the season, scoring 13 points and gathering eight rebounds...Collected a career-high 12 rebounds at UC Davis...Finished second on the team with 19 blocked shots, including a high of three at Pepperdine...Had two or more blocked shots four times...Led the team by shooting 56.0% from the field...After shooting 42.9% over in the first eight games of the season, Elliott made 63-of-106 shots in the final 21 games, 59.4%...In the final 21 games of the season, he averaged 7.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in addition to shooting 59.4%...Was one of just two frontcourt players to have more assists (25) than turnovers (22)...Had a higher field goal percentage (56.0%) than free throw percentage (52.4%)...After making his first six free throws of the season, Elliott made just 16 of his final 36 attempts, 44.4%.
West Valley College
Elliott played two seasons at West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif....As a sophomore he averaged 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 54.2% overall, 41.3% from three-point range and 79.1% from the free throw line...Selected All-Coast Conference after helping West Valley to a 33-4 overall record and a spot in the California Community College title game...West Valley was the top-ranked community college team in Northern California...Started all 37 games as a sophomore...Elliott scored a career-high 25 points twice in his career, once as a freshman against Ohlone College and then as a sophomore against Monterey Peninsula College...Made a career-high five three-point baskets in the game against Monterey Peninsula...As a freshman at West Valley he averaged 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game...In his two years, Elliott helped West Valley to a pair of Coast Conference championships, a Northern California regional title, a California Community College championship game and a 58-9 overall record...Coached by current UCSB assistant coach Danny Yoshikawa.
Attended Wallenberg High School in San Francisco...As a senior in 2003-04, Elliott averaged 17.9 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game...He shot 54.0% from the field, 46.0% from three-point range and 76.0% from the free throw line...Selected First Team All-City and Honorable Mention All-Bay Area following his final campaign...Elliott scored a career-high 33 points against Mission High School...Had a career-best 22 rebounds against Galileo High School...As a junior, he averaged 14.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game...Coached by Patrick Mulligan.
Ivan Cornelious Elliott, Jr. was born November 3, 1986 in San Francisco...Nicknamed I.C.E....In addition to basketball, Elliott competed in baseball at the high school level...His most memorable moment in sports was when West Valley played for the state championship in 2006...Kevin Garnett is his favorite athlete...His favorite movie is "Love and Basketball"...Roots for the Minnesota Timberwolves as well as the San Francisco 49ers and Giants...The son of Annette Elliott and Ivan "Ike" Elliott, Sr....Majoring in communication studies.