With the NBA season ending on a high note for our fellow brother Erik Spoelstra winning his 2nd NBA championship, there was another Filipino American from Florida working on his own title in our homeland of the Philippines. Chris Ellis, a 6’6’’ 205 shooting forward for the NLEX Road Warriors, clinched his own title standing helping his team claim the top spot in the PBA (Pilipino Basketball Association) D-League Foundation Cup. As a quick sidenote, it has to be noted that his team went 13-0 throughout that stint. His talents are starting to getting some mainstream recognition stateside, most notably on worldstarhiphop.com having a highlight package for the 23 year old as their ‘Basketball Talent of the Week’.
His victory in the Foundation Cup isn’t his only accomplishment overseas as his most recent championship capped off back to back to back titles for his squad. Chris also played a prominent role for Sinag-Pilipinas in their championship run to taking the gold medal in the 26th Southeast Asian Games (SEAGAMES) back in November 2011. The young gun was also featured in Slam Philippines back in December 2011. He is well known around the league as a catalyst for his team as the rising star from University of Mary-Hardin Baylor is recognized for his aggressiveness in the open court and his range to hit from almost anywhere on the floor. With all these accomplishments and accolades in a little over 6 months, the sky’s the limit for the potential with this Fil-Am to someday make it on the grandest of basketball stages in the NBA.
Currently, he is lined up to be part of the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas national program’s cadet pool who will participate in the FIBA Asia Championship and the Southeast Asian Games. If you want to get the latest news on this Filipino-American basketball prodigy, follow him on twitter, facebook, or the official PBA D-League website. Until next time, stay classy BakitWhy!
*image via facebook.com/pages/chris-ellis/113504872095222