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Alex Ellis, NU's Leading Rebounder, Passes Away

Alex "Boo" Ellis, who played basketball at Niagara from 1955-58 before being selected 16th overall in the 1958 NBA draft by the Minneapolis Lakers, died May 6. He was 74.

Ellis became a rebounding and scoring force during his three years with the Niagara varsity. He left Monteagle Ridge first in career rebounds with 1,533 and second in scoring with 1,656 points. He remains the rebounding record holder.

A rebounding machine, Ellis set the Niagara single-season mark as a sophomore with 485, broke it as a junior with 522 and again as a senior when he led the nation with 526 rebounds. Ellis set the Niagara single-game record during his junior year when he grabbed 31 boards in a 99-76 win over Villanova in the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden. During his junior year, he set both the Niagara single-season scoring (631) and rebounding (522) records.