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Rewind: Monta Ellis

Updated: January 17, 2010, 8:46 PM ET
By Doug Huff | ESPNRISE.com Senior Editor

There was no star label pinned on Monta Ellis when he was an eighth-grader.

"He wasn't the best player in the city," Lanier (Jackson, Miss.) basketball coach Thomas Billups said. "But he made major improvements in his game when he played with older athletes at summer camps and on our varsity team as a freshman. Then I knew he could be special."

Indeed. After a record-setting, four-year high school career at Lanier, the slender 6-foot-3 Ellis was a second-round NBA draft ...

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