Simmons, Ellis boost Army to victory
Cinco Ranch HS grad Julian Simmons scored 19 points and grabbed 9 boards, while Eisenhower grad Ella Ellis added 9 more, as Army beat Dartmouth 67-47 on Monday.
Simmons, a sophomore guard, leads Army in scoring at 16.5 points per game.
Simmons was the Cinco Ranch team captain and averaged 21 points, four rebounds and three assists during his senior season.
He was named Cinco Ranch’s MVP as a senior, named first-team all-district three times, and honored as a district MVP candidate.
Simmons was ranked as the 24th-best player in Texas by RCSsports.com and was a two-time Houston Chronicle Player of the Week. He lists his career highlight as hitting the game-winning shot with two seconds left against arch rival to put Cinco Ranch in the playoffs as a junior.
He played one year at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School. Simmons also played on the Houston Hoops club squad that was ranked fifth in the nation during the 2005-06 season.
Simmons is the son of James and Helen Simmons.
Ellis, a sophomore forward, is third on Army in scoring at 13.1 points per game.
At Eisenhower, Ellis served as team captain during his senior year, and led Eisenhower to a school-record 30-4 record and the Texas District 19-5A championship in 2008. His team was undefeated in district play.
Ellis was named the district’s MVP as a senior, first-team all-district as a senior, and third-team pick as a junior. He was named to the All-Houston team as a senior and was a McDonald’s All-America nominee.
Ellis is the son of Elvis Ellis and Vivia Beckford.