Ellison enshrined in Kentucky Hall of Fame

Pervis Ellison and Denny Crum (Jim Reed photo)
Pervis Ellison and Denny Crum

Almost three decades after leading the University of Louisville to its second national basketball championship, Pervis Ellison was inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame on Thursday, along with former UofL football player Dwayne Woodruff.JR10046-EllisonPlaque

Ellison was the first freshman to be picked as Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament after UofL defeated Duke 72-69 in 1986. He had 2,143 points, 1,149 rebounds and 374 blocked shots during his collegiate career. His jersey hangs in the KFC Yum! Center.

Ellison was the No. 1 pick in the 1989 NBA draft. He was chosen by the Sacramento Kings and spent 11 seasons as a pro. He also played for the Bullets, Celtics and Supersonics.

Woodruff, who graduated from UofL in 1979, played cornerback 12 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, making 37 interceptions. A sixth round draft pick,  he won a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XIV. His football jersey hangs in Cardinal Stadium and a study center for athletes on campus bears his name.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.