|Hometown:||Hidden Hills, CA|
Played in his first game of his career in the 82-35 blowout victory at home over Oregon State (Feb. 3) ... saw only two minutes of action while going 0-for-1 from the field (three-point attempt) and registering one assist and one defensive rebounds.
Underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee on Oct. 7, 2005 and missed the entire season.
Under coach Dick Dornan, Ellis was a two-year (2003-04) letterman and starter at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, Calif. ... in 2004, he was Crespi's captain and team MVP and earned All-Mission League honors ... as a senior, Ellis averaged 16.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game and shot 78.0 percent from the foul line and 52.0 percent from the field ... also a two-year volleyball letterman as an outside hitter under coach Raissa Adolphe.
Full name: Joseph Gerald Ellis ... born in Pasadena, Calif., on June 10, 1986 ... he is right-handed ... parents are David and Janet Ellis ... has one older brother, John and one younger sister, Caroline ... Ellis' mother and father, his brother (John is a junior), three uncles and an aunt all attended UCLA ... said he chose to attend UCLA because, "I saw it as a great opportunity to play college basketball and receive a high level of education ... there is a strong family tradition of attending UCLA" ... majoring in psychology ... an outstanding high school student, Ellis graduated with honors in 2004 with a 4.2 GPA and listed on the honor roll for four years ... also played club ball for Branch West ... lists Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics as his favorite professional athlete and playing golf and tennis as his hobbies.