#25 LeRon Ellis
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6'9" 225 lbs Center
HS: Mater Dei Laguna Hills, CA
Born: 4/28/1969 Los Angeles, CA
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
1989-90 Jr C 32 29 682 79 175 45.1% 28 54 51.9% 6 15 40.0% 24 129 96 8 22 35 25 192 6.0 0.8 4.0
1990-91 Sr C 32 32 929 142 280 50.7% 72 119 60.5% 0 4 0.0% 43 246 110 4 44 62 79 356 11.1 1.3 7.7
Career    
64
61
1611
221
455
48.6%
100
173
57.8%
6
19
31.6%
67
375
206
12
66
97
104
548
8.6
1.0
5.9

LeRon Ellis was a smooth moving center with a nice shooting touch, and solid defensive skills. Ellis was high recruited out of high school, and played his freshman and sophomore years at the University of Kentucky.

Leron EllisEllis was a blossoming star at Kentucky, averaging 16.0 points per game his sophomore season along with 5.5 rebounds. When the Kentucky basketball team was placed on probation, Ellis was permitted to transfer to another Division I school without having to sit out a season.

Ellis was a high school teammate of Mike Hopkins, and the son of NBA star LeRoy Ellis. The high profile of Syracuse University plus the connection with Hopkins, convinced Ellis to come to Syracuse. Ellis first year at Syracuse he took a back seat to seniors Derrick Coleman and Stephen Thompson, and super-soph Billy Owens. He also developed a reputation for not being a hard worker in practice, which cost him playing time. He had several off the court hobbies, including being an avid jazz musician.

Ellis contributed more significantly his senior season, averaging more than 11 points per game, and greatly improving his rebounding totals. Defensively he became more of a presence on the court. Ellis was always physically gifted, and occasionally would have a strong game. He was never as dominant at Syracuse as he was when he was at Kentucky

Kentucky Career Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
1987-88 Fr C 28 - 386 49 106 46.2% 22 42 52.4% 0 0 --- 13 83 47 - 21 13 18 120 4.3 0.5 3.0
1988-89 So C 32 - 1006 200 385 51.9% 111 164 67.7% 0 2 0.0% 65 177 101 - 66 36 35 511 16.0 2.0 5.5
Career    
60
-
1392
249
491
50.7%
133
208
63.9%
0
2
0.0%
78
260
148
-
87
49
53
631
10.5
1.3
4.3

Ellis would score 1,179 points in his college career between the two schools, 548 at Syracuse and 631 at Kentucky. He was drafted in the first round of the 1991 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, the 22nd overall pick.

Ellis would play three seasons in the NBA, one each with the Los Angeles Clippers (1992), Charlotte Hornets (1994) and Miami Heat (1996). In his top season, with Charlotte he played 50 games and averaged 4.4 ppg.

NBA Career Statistics
Pos G Min FG FGA % FT FTA % Asst Reb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
Center
91
857
110
254
43.3%
57
93
61.3%
29
220
105
0
35
25
37
277
3.0
0.3
2.4

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