Former Marquette Basketball All-American Bo Ellis Honored by NCAA

Nov. 3, 2001

Milwaukee -- Maurice "Bo" Ellis, a former basketball All-American and later an assistant coach at Marquette University, and who is now the head basketball coach at Chicago State University, is one of the six recipients of this year's NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. The Silver Anniversary Award recognizes former student-athletes who have distinguished themselves since completing their college careers 25 years ago.

Ellis was a three-time All-American at Marquette (1975-77) and closed out his career as the school's No. 2 all-time leading scorer with 1,663 points (currently fifth on that list). Ellis, who never missed a game during his college career which spanned 119 games, ranked as MU's leading rebounder for three straight seasons ('74-75 through '76-77) and still stands as the school's No. 2 all-time leader in that category with 1,085 boards. The only Marquette player ever to have started in two NCAA Tournament championship games (1974 and 1977), Ellis holds down the No. 1 position all-time at Marquette in career field goals with 674. The teams he played on at Marquette compiled an overall record of 101-18 and he played a key role in MU capturing the national crown in 1977. He is just one of three Marquette players ever to have been selected in the first round of the NBA Draft (Washington, 1977) and just one of five players in the program to have had his jersey retired (#31, 1992). In addition, he was named to Marquette's All-75th Anniversary Team and was inducted into Marquette's M Club Hall of Fame.

Following a three-year career in the NBA, Ellis played professionally in Europe and in the United States in the CBA. He returned to Marquette in 1988 to serve as an assistant coach and held that post until 1998 when he assumed his current duties as the head basketball coach at Chicago State. While an assistant at Marquette, the program advanced to four NCAA Tournaments and two NITs. Marquette won the C-USA Tournament title in 1997 and captured the Great Midwest Conference title in 1993-94.

While at Marquette and currently at Chicago State, Ellis serves as a co-chairman of the United Cerebral Palsy Campaign and is an active participant in Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer Fund.

Joining Ellis as recipients of this year's Silver Anniversary Award are Herman Frazier, a track standout at Arizona State, and currently athletics director at UAB, Richard Chapman, a basketball player at Augustana College (South Dakota), and currently a president and CEO of a compensation and benefits consulting company, Betsy King, a golfer and basketball player at Furman, who has won 34 LPGA career titles, John Naber, an Olympic swimmer from Southern Cal, who is currently the operator of Naber and Associates, a firm that provides motivational speakers and other services, and Rodney Slater, a former football player at Eastern Michigan, who now is an attorney in Washington, D.C.

The recipients will be honored Sunday, January, 13, at the Honors Dinner during the annual NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.


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