Former Laker Ellis dead at 72

LeRoy Ellis, who played 14 years in the NBA after a standout career at St. John’s, has died of prostate cancer. He was 72.

St. John’s announced Ellis died Saturday in Portland, Ore. 
br>E was born in Brooklyn and played at St. John’s from 1959-62. He still holds the school single-season record for rebounding with an average of 16.5 in his junior year, and the record for most rebounds in a game with 30 against NYU on Dec. 30, 1961.

He was drafted sixth overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1962.

   Ellis appeared in 1,048 NBA games over 14 seasons with the Lakers, Baltimore, Portland and Philadelphia. He posted career averages of 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, and was a member of Los Angeles’ 1972 championship team.