Posted June 4, 2012 by DJ Enuff in Sports

St Johns Legend – NBA Champ Leroy Ellis passes at 72

Wilt, coach Sherman, Leroy Ellis pose for 1972 Champ Lakers

 @SportsBata ..nuff said

“For a big guy, he was awfully quick. You can never catch him,” former St. John’s coach Lou Carnesecca said in a statement released by the school. “He spent 14 years in the NBA, and you could not catch him, longitudinally. He had a soft touch and was a good rebounder. He was a quiet guy, you never knew still he was around. But when he was on the court, you always knew.” – espn

He was big guy with speed and a soft touch; he was modest and moved in silence on the court! St. Johns Legend – #NBA Champ Leroy Ellis passed at 72 in Portland, OR, on Sunday after a long battle with prostate cancer! Ellis was a #Brooklyn native who went on to St. Johns from 1959-1962! He holds single-season record for rebound average at St Johns (16.5 per game), and most rebounds in one game with 30 against NYU on Dec. 30, 1961! Ellis ranks fifth all-time at St. Johns with 927 career boards! Check out St. Johns HOF coach Lou Carnesecca take on him above! 6-foot-10 Ellis went onto the #NBA, picked No. 6 in 1962 #NBA Draft by the LA Lakers!

“LeRoy Ellis was a very important member of the first Trail Blazers team and was a very high-class individual,” Trail Blazers founder and president emeritus Harry Glickman. “We extend our deepest sympathy to his family.” – espn

Ellis played 14 seasons in the #NBA with: Lakers, Baltimore Bullets, Portland and Philadelphia! He won a #Championship with the Lakers in 1972, and posted career averages of 9.7 points and 8.3 boards per game! Ellis led the Portland Trailblazers in their first year in the expansion draft of 1970 with 12.3 rebounds per game and ranked third in scoring with 15.9 points per game! He was an integral part to Portland first year as a franchise; read the comment above! R.I.P. to St. Johns Legend – NBA Champ Leroy Ellis!