From 1940 until 1952, Ray Ellefeson had a remarkable twelve -year, seventeen-team basketball odyssey. In the early 1940’s,  Ellefeson played college basketball at Augustana, West Texas State and Colorado.  In the mid-1940’s, he played AAU basketball for the Denver Ambrose Jellymakers and the San Francisco Dardis . In  the fall of 1946, he signed with the St.Louis Bombers. a member of the newly formed Basketball Association of America. Ellefeson left the team prior to the regular season, announcing that he would enter DePaul University in the fall of 1947. Instead he entered Oklahoma A&M College, at the time one of the top college basketball programs in the country. Ellefeson did turn pro in the fall of 1948  and saw brief action with the powerful Minneapolis Lakers  and later the Waterloo Hawks of the National Basketball League before finishing the season touring with the independent Cedar Rapids Raiders.  Ellefeson had another brief shot at the NBA in 1n 1950 and played three games with the New York Knicks before spending the rest of the season in the minors with Scranton and Wilkes-Barre  in the American Basketball League.


RAY ELLEFSON Height: 6:08 Weight:  230 College:Augustana(SD)’41/West TexasSt’43/Colorado’45/OklahomaA&M’48
Eugene  Ray Ellefson Born:  Nov 18, 1922        Died:  Oct 7, 1994 Hometown: Hopkins, Mn.
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1940-41 Augustana(SD) College
1941-42 West Texas State College
1942-43 West Texas State College
1943-44 Mildland Dows AAU
1944-45 Colorado College
1944-45  Denver Toner-Mapelli AAU
1945-46 Denver Ambrose Jellymakers AAU
1945-46 San Francisco Dardis ABL
1946-47 St.Louis BAA Did Not Play
1947-48 Oklahoma A&M College
1948-49 Minneapolis BAA 3 1 0 0 .000 2 0.7
1948-49 Waterloo NBL 7 4 8 11 .727 16 2.3
1948-49 Cedar Rapids Raiders Indep
1949-50 Cedar Rapids Raiders Indep
1949-50 New York Celtics Indep
1950-51 New York NBA 3 0 4 4 1.000 4 1.3
1950-51 Scranton-Wilkes Barre ABL 27 106 99 311 11.5
1951-52 Wilkes Barre-Carbondale ABL 11 17 15 49 4.5
Major League Totals 13 5 12 15 .800 22 1.7



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