Full Name:
Melvin Ely
Position:
Forward/Center
College:
Fresno State
Height:
6-10
Weight:
260
High School:
Thornton Township H.S. (Harvey, Ill.)
Birthdate:
May 2, 1978
Birthplace:
Harvey, Ill.

Statistics

NBA DRAFT 2002
Selected in the first round (12th overall) by the Los Angeles Clippers.

TEAM WORKOUTS/FEATURES
May 27: Q&A with Phoenix Suns


HIGHLIGHTS
Named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press as a junior and as a senior.
Became first player since Utah’s Keith Van Horn (1994-95) of the New Jersey Nets to win Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year two consecutive years (2001, 2002).
A four-year starter who departs as Fresno State’s all-time leading scorer (1,951 points).
Ranks fourth all-time in the WAC in points.
Ranks as the school’s top shot blocker (362), and is second all-time in WAC.
Ranks second on school chart in rebounds (924).
Averaged 10.5 points and team-high 6.3 rebounds for Team USA in the 2001 World University Games in China in 2001.


AT FRESNO STATE
As a senior, was a top-30 candidate for the Wooden Award.
Named First Team All-WAC after leading the conference in scoring (23.3 ppg, fifth in nation) and blocked shots (3.1 bpg, 13th in nation).
Appeared in 28 games, scoring in double figures 27 times.
Had 21 games of 20 or more points.
Had 11 double-doubles.
Blocked at least four shots in 10 games, including a season-high nine vs. Tulsa.
Scored a season-high 35 points to go with 16 rebounds vs. Tulsa.

Earned WAC Player of the Year honors as a junior after leading WAC in field goal percentage (58.3%) and blocked shots (90), while ranking fourth in scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounds (7.5 rpg).
Finished 25th in nation in field goal percentage (56.3%).
Led the team with five double-doubles.
Scored in double figures in 28 games.
Had nine 20-points games.
Scored a season-high 25 points against TCU.
Tallied 21 points ad 14 rebounds vs. SMU.
Had 21 points and 13 rebounds against California in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Scored 17 points vs. Michigan State in the NCAA second round.

As a sophomore, earned second-team All-WAC honors after averaging 13.3 points and 7.0 rebounds.
His 92 blocks set school record and his 3.0 blocks per contest ranked 16th in nation.
Ranked sixth in the nation in field goal percentage (60.6%).

As a freshman named to the WAC-Newcomer and All-Defensive teams.
Led the team in field goal percentage (56.1%) and scored in double figures 21 times.

STATISTICS
SEASON G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
1998-99 32 32 155 276 .561 11 48 .229 207 17 26 91 359 11.2
1999-00 31 30 180 297 .606 51 77 .62 216 27 23 92 411 13.3
2000-01 33 33 208 357 .583 112 167 .671 247 45 29 90 528 15.8
2001-02 28 28 246 437 .563 161 219 .735 254 50 19 89 653 23.3
TOTALS 124 123 789 1367 .577 335 511 .656 924 139 97 362 1951 15.7
Three-point field goals: 1998-99, 1-for-2 (.500); 1999-00, 0-for-0 (.000); 2000-01, 0-for-0 (.000); 2001-02, 1-for-2 (.500). Totals: 2-for-4 (.500).