Ed Ratleff

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Ed Ratleff
Personal information
Born (1950-03-29) March 29, 1950 (age 66)
Bellefontaine, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school East (Columbus, Ohio)
College Long Beach State (1970–1973)
NBA draft 1973 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career 1973–1978
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 42
Career history
19731978 Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,813 (8.3 ppg)
Rebounds 1,363 (4.0 rpg)
Assists 896 (2.7 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2015

William Edward "Easy Ed" Ratleff (born March 29, 1950) is a retired American basketball player. He attended Columbus East high school where he led his high school basketball team to the Ohio State Championship in 1968 and was joined by Dwight "Bo" Lamar to claim the 1969 Ohio High School title.[1] In college, Ratleff was a two-time first-team All-American at Long Beach State. He was chosen for the 1972 Summer Men's Olympic Basketball Team and participated in Munich games. He was selected with the sixth pick of the NBA Draft and played five NBA seasons.

High school[edit]

Ratleff attended Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ohio, leading his team to the AAA (big school) state championship in 1967-1968 with a 25-0 record.[2] The ’68-69 Tigers were also undefeated state champions. Overall in three seasons he led the Tigers to three state championship games, two state championships and a 70-1 record.[3]

College career and Olympics[edit]

A 6'6" guard/forward, he played college basketball at California State University, Long Beach under coach Jerry Tarkanian. He still holds the school's career record for scoring average (21.4). He was twice named first-team AP All-American by the AP, in 1971–72 and 1972–73.[4]

Ratleff played for the United States national basketball team at the 1972 Summer Olympics, where the United States lost a controversial gold medal game to the Soviet Union. Ratleff and his teammates earned silver medals, which they refused to accept. Throughout the Olympic tournament, Ratleff averaged 6.4 points per game.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Ratleff was chosen with the sixth pick in the 1973 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.[6] He played five season for the Rockets, averaging 8.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in his NBA career.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1991 his number 42 was retired by Long Beach State. In 2009 he was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.[2] In 2015, he was part of the most recent class inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.