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Ellis Myles
Ellis Myles


Compton, Ca.

High School:
Centennial HS

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 245




Last Season:

  • Redshirted during 2003-04 while rehabilitating from a late-season knee injury his junior year.

    Junior Year:

  • Suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee against Marquette (2-27-03), a season-ending injury.
  • Has 22 career double-digit rebounding efforts.
  • A solid rebounder and interior defender, starting the Cardinals' first 24 games.
  • Scored 13 points against then No. 19 Indiana, hitting a career-best 9-of-11 free throws.
  • Grabbed 11 or more rebounds on seven occasions and was seventh in Conference USA with a 7.9 rebounding average.
  • Grabbed 14 rebounds and sank a pair of free throws with 29 seconds remaining as U of L beat No. 11 Marquette.
  • His 16 rebounds against Air Force in U of L's opener was his third highest career rebounding total.
  • Produced a stellar game in the Cards' victory over then No. 14 Kentucky with 11 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
  • Handed out three or more assists in nine games.

    Sophomore Year:

  • Led the Cards and ranked third in Conference USA in rebounding (9.3). He ranked 33rd nationally in NCAA statistics.
  • Double-figure scorer in 11 games as a sophomore.
  • Earned his fifth double-double of the year with a career-high 18 points and 12 rebounds vs. Cincinnati.
  • Honored as the C-USA Player of the Week in the final week of the regular season after averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds and shooting 78.6 percent from the field in victories over No. 4 Cincinnati and Charlotte.
  • Produced one of his better games at Memphis with 15 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots while playing against a much taller Memphis front line.
  • Shot 50 percent or above in 22 of 32 games. He was the only Cardinal to shoot above .500 from the field (.519, 14th in Conference USA).
  • Had 13 double-digit rebounding efforts as a sophomore. His last double-digit effort was 12 rebounds against Cincinnati in Freedom Hall.
  • A perfect example of how Pitino's workout regime can benefit a player, Myles lowered his body fat from 18 percent down to nine while losing 30 pounds between the spring and the start of practice in 2001.
  • Grabbed 39 percent of his rebounds at the offensive end (117 of 298).
  • Led U of L with 34 blocked shots (14th in C-USA), 20 more than he had as a freshman. He had a career-high four blocks at Memphis.
  • Scored 17 points vs. Ohio State, adding nine rebounds and hitting 5-of-6 field goals.
  • His 23 rebounds vs. Tennessee State matched a then-Conference USA record also accomplished by Cincinnati's Kenyon Martin vs. DePaul on Feb. 21, 1998. It was the fifth-best single-game performance in the NCAA in 2001-02.
  • Earned C-USA Co-Player of the Week honors for the period ending Dec. 2.

    Freshman Year:

  • Starting forward in 18 games who was the Cards' second-leading rebounder (5.5), adding 6.1 points and 1.8 assists a game (third on the team).
  • Grabbed seven or more rebounds in 12 games.
  • Third on the team with 24 steals.
  • Scored a career-high 15 points vs. Charlotte (2-11-01), hitting 6-of-7 shots from the field and adding four rebounds.
  • Had 11 points and six rebounds at Marquette (2-24-01).
  • Produced the first double-digit rebounding effort for the Cardinals with 10 vs. UNLV (11-21-00), adding eight points and a season-best two blocked shots.
  • Joins fellow sophomore Luke Whitehead as just the 13th and 14th freshman to start an opening game in the last 30 years when he opened at forward in U of L's Nov. 17 opener at Hawai'i.
  • Had a season-best five steals vs. Connecticut (11-22-00), adding nine points, four rebounds and four assists.
  • Scored 11 points against Maryland (11-20-00).
  • Grabbed 11 rebounds against Georgetown (12-5-00), adding seven points, three assists and three steals.

    High School:

  • Averaged 24 points, 14.2 rebounds and three blocked shots as a senior as Centennial posted a 27-6 record, advancing to the semifinals of the California Division III state championship.
  • Honored as a first-team all-state and All-California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section selection.
  • Posted high games of 34 points and 22 rebounds as a senior.
  • Received notable acclaim from national recruiting services, rated 37th by The Recruiting Beat, 45th by Full Court Magazine, 65th by Basketball Phenoms and 29th in the west by FastBreak Recruiting.
  • As a junior, Myles averaged 16.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and three blocked shots for Compton High School, where he played three seasons. Compton posted a 24-7 record his junior year.
  • Four of his teammates as a junior at Compton signed with Division I schools, including Jeff Trepagnier (Southern California), Tito Mattox (Fresno State), David Hamilton (Auburn) and Deandre Moore (Vanderbilt).
  • Totalled eight points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots in helping the Purple squad to a 148-144 victory in the Nike Derby Festival Classic all-star game in Freedom Hall (4-30-00).
  • Chose Louisville over Connecticut, Iowa State, Southern California, Alabama and Memphis.


  • Born Dec. 22, 1981 ... Son of Pamela Ash ... Second of seven children in his family ... Major is sociology.
  • Enjoys watching movies and sleeping in his spare time.
  • Best basketball advice given to him was don't give up.
  • What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino: his dedication to the game and his ability to motivate.
  • His mother and older sister Ellisa have had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
  • When playing basketball as a kid, he pretended he was Magic Johnson.
  • Would most like to meet God.


  • Basketball Player: C. Webb, Antoine Walker
  • NBA Team: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Movie: The Manchurian Candidate
  • TV Shows: Martin
  • Musical Group/Singer: R. Kelly
  • Comedian: Chris Tucker
  • Foods: steak, mashed potatoes
  • Midnight snack: cereal
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