2019-20 Season Tip Off
December 9, 2019
SBS Top Games Opening Night
Sealth @ O'Dea 7:30 PM
Cleveland @ Garfield 8:30 PM
Seattle Prep @ Rainier Beach 8:30 PM
SEATTLE BASKETBALL SERVICES
Bill Elleby, born and raised in Seattle, Washington, is known as the “Guru” of HS Basketball in the NW. Bill has developed as a master scout of HS/NWAC talent with over 40 years of experience scouting, coaching, recruiting, and providing player representation and player development for youth, high school, college and pro athletes.
Bill was raised by his uncle, the late Carl Ervin, who was easily the best PG of the best Washington State HS team from the last century, the Cleveland Eagles of 1976. Carl was All Conference WCC at Seattle University and drafted by the Seattle Sonics in the 1980 NBA Draft. Bill developed a keen eye for talent and supreme basketball IQ growing up with Carl Ervin.
Bill established a strong basketball foundation by being coached and mentored by his uncle and many others among the very best coaches in state history. As a youth, Bill attended and then became a Junior Counselor at Lenny Wilkens’ week-long Basketball Camp in Issaquah; played AAU basketball BCI 2 years for Coach Ed Pepple at Mercer Island HS who has the most high school wins in State history (952 in 49 years, with a .75% winning percentage and 4 state titles); and played at Bellevue High School under former NBA players John Johnson and Phil Lumpkin, who would later win 4 state titles with O’Dea HS in the 1990s.
But, Bill’s time at Garfield High School was where he made his name as a Metro Athlete. Bill transferred to state powerhouse Garfield HS as a sophomore. There he was coached by basketball Legend Al Hairston, a former Seattle Sonic who won 5 state titles between 1980 and 1991, and by Seattle University/WSU/Metro Hall of Fame Coach Frank Ahern. These legends trained Bill in Basketball and Track, teaching him fundamentals and attention to detail.
While at Garfield HS, Bill lettered in basketball, tennis and track, with many athletic honors. Bill was part of back to back state champion teams in 1986 and 1987. Garfield lost just one game in-state in two years, and ranked in the Top 25 Nation USA Today two years in a row. In 1987 Bill was named All Metro leading Garfield in scoring. 1988 Bill Elleby led Garfield back to state tourney losing in semifinals. Bill set the Metro Scoring record (280pts in 10 metro games, Metro League MVP, 1988 Boys Washington State HS Player of the year according to Naismith and USA Today) Bill was set to sign with UCLA Coach Walt Hazzard, but a coaching change at UCLA prompted Bill to choose Cal-Berkeley, coached by Lou Campanelli. Coach Campanelli was big on discipline and emphasized good character. He preached academics and professional conduct off the court.
Bill had a good career at Cal, lettering all 4 years and starting 2 and half years for the Golden Bears. He averaged double figures during his last 2 and half years and helped lead Cal to two NIT appearances and 1 NCAA appearance in 4 years. In 1990, Bill helped Cal go to the NCAA Tourney for the 1st time in 30 years, and that summer he played on the Pac 10 European (Germany, France, Belgium and Holland) All-Star Touring team. Bill had some great coaching mentors at Cal. Bill was taught by current Texas A & M Men’s Basketball coach Billy Kennedy and assisted Current Kansas Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Kurtis Townsend.
Bill left Cal as one of the most prolific 3pt shooters in school history. He was the 2nd All Time Scorer in Cal History in 3pt shots made, attempted and percentage. Through the first 20 games of his senior season he shot 56% at the 3pt line, 4th in the NCAA DI. He made 64 3pt shots in 1992, the 2nd most in a single season at the time in school history. Basketball hall of fame announcer Dick Vitale said “Bill Elleby is one of best shooters on the west coast and a solid all-around player.”
After a brief stint from 1992-93 playing for the CBA Yakima Sun Kings, Bill returned to Cal to finish his BA in Legal Studies. He served as the Student Assistant Coach to Cal Head Coach Todd Bozeman, was head of the film exchange, assisted in recruiting and scouting, and served as Cal camp coordinator. During that time, Bill was instrumental in developing NBA players at Cal including Jason Kidd, Lamond Murray, Michael “Yogi” Stewart and Sean Marks.
Bill returned home to serve as JV Head Coach/Varsity assistant coach for Roosevelt High School in 1994. He led the team to a 15-4 record, and they were recognized as one of the best JV teams in Metro. In 1995 Bill was named Varsity Head Coach. For the next 5 years Bill would turn Roosevelt’s struggling program into a playoff contender. Roosevelt won the Metro championship, making playoffs every year. Bill was WAC Coach of the year and sent numerous players off to college athletics, including stars Chad Kodama (all metro basketball/all metro football, who signed to University of Idaho Football), Greg Anderson (walk-on/signed to WSU Basketball), Chase Young DIII Basketball Player (AAU Seattle Select High Academic Basketball founder), Chris Wight DIII Basketball,Avi Meyerson NAIA College Player.
Bill has developed a NW grassroots database of players, including over 700 youth and AAU Coaches from the Pacific NW, Canada and beyond. Bill has developed relationships with coaches from colleges around the United States in order to help NW youth athletes get more exposure to play college basketball on all levels.
Seattle Basketball Services | Contact: Bill Elleby | 253.951.6653 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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