Bob Elliott (basketball)

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Bob Elliott
No. 54
Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1955-08-18) August 18, 1955 (age 59)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Pioneer (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
College Arizona (1973–1977)
NBA draft 1977 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Career history
1977–1978 Fernet Tonic Bologna (Italy)
19781981 New Jersey Nets
1982–1983 Detroit Spirits
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× First-team All-WAC (1975–1977)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Robert Alan "Bob" Elliott (born August 18, 1955) is an American former basketball player. Elliott was a three time academic and athletic All-American at the University of Arizona, leading his team to one Western Athletic Conference championship and two NCAA tournament appearances. He was 1977 Third Team All American, a 1975, 1976 and 1977 Third Team All-WAC conference honoree, and a 1975, 1976, and 1977 Academic All American. Bob received a bachelor of science in accounting, and later, an MBA from the University of Arizona as well. He is the current Head-Chairmen of the Retired NBA Players Association

University of Arizona basketball (73-77)[edit]

Elliott came to the University of Arizona from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[1] Many Arizona basketball advocates credit the young Elliott for introducing modern Arizona basketball to the nation under the coaching styles of Fred "The Fox" Snowden (the first black head basketball coach in D1 collegiate basketball). At a time when UCLA was the west coast powerhouse athletic program, Tucson underwent the changes to move from small "Olde Pueblo" town with a great university, to the U of A metropolis that it is today. McKale Center generated not only money from the new center build to replace Bear Down Gym (a small gym located off of the Mall), but sold out games and revenue from the Snowden Era, bringing the basketball genre to the forefront. Elliott is noted to have had "one of the best drop steps you will ever see. He had an 18.6 career scoring average while in college between 1973-1977 (and the 3 pointer was introduced his senior year). He is still the University of Arizona's career scoring leader with 2,131 points, and holds U of A career marks for field goals (808), attempted field goals (1,512), free throws (515), and attempted free throws (767). He scored 39 points against Utah in 1977, which is noted as the fourth best all time single game performance at U of A.

NBA career[edit]

Elliott was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA, but never played for them. He spent half a year playing basketball in Europe and three seasons with the New Jersey Nets. Following his NBA career, Elliott briefly played for the Detroit Spirits of the Continental Basketball Association during the 1982–83 season.[2]

EA Sports[edit]

Elliott may be best known in younger generations for his voice work as a color-commentator on NBA Live games[3] with late sportscaster (and former Memphis Grizzlies announcer) Don Poier from 1999 to 2003.

Community involvement[edit]

Bob Elliott in involved with multiple charities and notably has a scholarship set up in the name of him and his wife through the University of Arizona. He is an avid musician and plays at national events with the NBA Retired Players Association Band, which is closely linked with NBA Cares events as well. His wife is also a very involved and accredited member of the Tucson Unified School District and Behind The Bench (Retired Players Wives Association), has national counseling awards and multiple degrees, and also stays involved in community groups and community relations groups. They have two sons and two daughters, all married and also with multiple collegiate degrees. They have 10 grand-children.

Author of "Tucson A Basketball Town"[edit]

Released on February 26th, 2014, this book is the story of the foundations of basketball at The University of Arizona, during the Fred Snowden era. The book co-written by Elliott's teammate and former NBA player Eric Money speaks to the rise of basketball popularity, being the first team to play in McKale center, the racial barriers that were broken, and the undying support of Tucson to the player. The book also pays homage to all of the eras of Arizona Basketball pre- Snowden era, through Lute Olson, and into Sean Miller.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Records: Bob Elliott". Ann Arbor Pioneer Athletics. Ann Arbor Public Schools. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  2. ^ 1983–84 CBA Official Guide, page 119
  3. ^ Q&A: UA hoops legend Bob 'Big Bird' Elliott

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