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Whoa…Leron Ellis


Remember Leron Ellis? Chances are if you are over the age of 30, then the name is at least a little familiar since he played at UK during the 1980s. He was part of the Eddie Sutton teams that were on the court during the slow downfall of the program, and unfortunately for him, his legacy will always be connected to that era. But he was a talented player, and he left the school (as did many others) when the proverbial crap hit the fan. So what is he doing now? Well apparently a couple of months ago (h/t to GYERO by the way for the find), he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs by police in California. We know no other details on the story except that Ellis (who actually was in the NBA for a while with the LA Clippers), now apparently looks like this:


Wow…kids don’t do drugs

Article written by Matt Jones

35 Comments for Whoa…Leron Ellis

  1. Rick James
    9:06 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    “Cocaine is a hell of a drug”

  2. Slappy
    9:07 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink


  3. Travis
    9:10 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, wow…Just read the first comment.

  4. Daniel Conley
    9:10 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    What the ! Good lord man!

  5. Tennesse Wildcat
    9:11 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    That’s really sad and I am sorry to hear that Leron is in this shape. Leron is in my prayers. Drugs and rough living will change people tremendously.

  6. JC
    9:12 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    I guess he didn’t get shit right.

  7. Caucasian
    9:13 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    I mean.. he was ugly before, and his name is leron.. He just wasn’t set up to be a pretty person

  8. whodat
    9:19 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    wow… sad indeed. Leron was quite the prospect when he was recruited.

  9. Takethoseonionsoffmysliders
    9:22 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Like they say in Super 8, Drugs are so bad!!

  10. Gettlefinger
    9:28 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Why do I remember that he used to make gingerbread houses?

  11. MG
    9:33 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Besides the unkempt hair he looks pretty normal to me.

  12. Geez
    9:42 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    I posted that link on here 12 hours ago.

  13. Dennis Smith
    9:46 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    He Looks like Pitino

  14. BigBlueBen
    9:51 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Anth, Andrian, 80 and the rest of my tailgating buddies from GYERO are always finding the most random ish. #WeAreUK

  15. somervillain
    9:52 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    He was indeed called The Gingerbread Man. Coulda been really good, but kinda wasn’t. Sorry to hear he isn’t doing well.

  16. Leroy Ellis - kwc
    9:54 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Leave my broter alone.

  17. MattNoscar
    10:03 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    I beleive when he was a Wildcat, they spelled his first name LeRon.

  18. Wildcatsteeler
    10:11 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    How is that an indictment on drugs? And he hasn’t even been found guilty of it according to this story. He’s pushing 50 years old and looks pretty good for that age. How does anyone here know he’s not doing great other than one “suspicion” arrest? Oh, that’s right, white society has decided long hair on black people doesn’t look like white peoples so they should never let it grow long. And therefore he must be a homeless bum.

  19. Axe Cop
    10:21 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    19. While there is some truth to that statement, Google “Nick Nolte mugshot” and you will see that white people with long wild-ass hair can also be perceived as looking crazy.

  20. katzrjamers
    10:21 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Human Tragedy. I met Leron on and off campus a few times back in the 80’s. Always thought he was a gentleman and a good representative of the program. For the youngsters reading this here’s a little background for Leron from

    >>Ellis spent the summer of 1987 playing in the U.S. Olympic Festival basketball games for the West team before entering the NCAA.[17] At Kentucky he was a highly regarded incoming freshman that Wildcats head coach Eddie Sutton considered to be the next Sam Bowie. LeRon Ellis played a secondary role, mostly coming off the bench, behind center Robert Lock and power forward Winston Bennett during his freshman season.However Ellis did manage to break into the starting lineup several times, making his debut as a starter on January 31, 1988 against Notre Dame where he enjoyed a then-career high of 14 points and five steals.LeRon Ellis averaged 4.3 points per game and 13.8 minutes per game, while starting in 12 of 28 games during the 1987-88 season.All-American and All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) basketball star Rex Chapman led Kentucky that season to their 37th SEC title with a 27-6 record.The Wildcats were ranked as the 6th college basketball team in the nation by the Associated Press and UPI and secured the number two Southeast Conference seed in the 1988 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.Kentucky’s talents led the team to the tournament’s Sweet Sixteen, where they suffered a defeat against Villanova.

    LeRon Ellis made local headlines at the start of his sophomore year when became the first African American inducted into the University of Kentucky’s Kappa Alpha fraternity.Ellis was also the center of attention on the court as many of Kentucky’s high-profile basketball players were unable to play in the 1988-89 season. Offensive and defensive stars Ed Davender, Robert Lock and Winston Bennett graduated from school; the Wildcats’ MVP Rex Chapman left school early to enter the 1988 NBA Draft; sophomore standout Eric Manuel was suspended for the entire season from playing basketball and potential franchise recruit Shawn Kemp was transferred out of the university before the start of the season. Kentucky’s basketball program was essentially put into the hands of the unexperienced sophomore LeRon Ellis and freshman Chris Mills. The two underclassmen struggled to fill the talent vacuum on the court and even prior to the season many had predicted rough times ahead for the Wildcats’ 1988—89 season.<<

  21. Axe Cop
    10:22 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Derp, meant to reply to 18.

  22. katzrjamers
    10:29 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry I submitted info from wikipedia and acknowledged the source. Next time I’ll include some foul language to increase the chance of passing moderation standards.

  23. d/c cat
    10:30 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    I have seen better looking head on cabbage.

  24. Kevin C.
    10:51 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    I see he borrowed Coach Sutton’s hairdo….

  25. blueblooded
    10:54 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    He was part of a monster recruiting class back in the day with Eric Manual, Chris Mills, and a few others. That may have also been the class that Shawn Kemp was part of, or he may have been just before them. Either way, it was one of the best recruiting classes we had ever had at that time. I still think the whole Emory envelope accidentally popping open was BS, but it probably ended up being a blessing because we got Rick & now Cal.

    Ellis was out of Mater Dei H.S. in CA and the Gingerbread Man name was because he said he liked to bake. Obviously, getting baked has stuck with him for all these years!

  26. katzrjamers
    10:55 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, thanks for restoring my comment. In the long run, it doesn’t mean a thing, but I bet there a lot of your readers who think his name was Ellis Presley. Oh, and #17 yes, his UK name was LeRon. I hope he gets his life on track.

  27. worthless
    10:57 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    He is the most worthless player in UK history. It was evident that he had the skills necessary to be a player but he stood around and did nothing most games. His lack of effort was the worst I have ever seen at UK. There was a rumor going around during his time that Sutton was paying for his mother’s local apartment but she kept asking for more money.

  28. Adolph Revisited
    11:35 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    @27 – Can you say Jim Andrews? When he was good, he was very good. When he was bad, he was very, very bad, and Adolph told him so. AR remembered having hair when he came on board. Anyway, both were a long time ago, let’s just hope LeRon recovers. Say a prayer for him. OK? What’s BBN about after all?

  29. UKBlue1!
    11:37 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    He bailed on the program. I don’t wish anything bad on him but I don’t believe that his name and UK should be put together. He left the program in its hour of need. END of Story.

  30. RyAn
    2:16 am April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Innocent until proven guilty…..
    It’s actually guilty until proven innocent.
    Oscar comms (sp?) is my idol!
    The conspiracy is REAL!

  31. Chris
    2:35 am April 29, 2013 Permalink

    I was in LA and went to a rival Catholic school in the valley, Notr Dame. We’d play water polo, and I was always pissed that he would stand on the bottom of the pool as the goalie, but he was my idol because he was going to UK, and it was because he was a future cat that I even knew who he was. I think his dad played in the NBA too. Since we are the same age, 42ish, god I hope I don’t look like that.

  32. Steve
    7:04 am April 29, 2013 Permalink

    This is what happens when you transfer to Syracuse!

  33. JA
    7:45 am April 29, 2013 Permalink


  34. Fancy feast
    8:50 am April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t blame this on drugs. He looks exactly as you would expect him to look nearly 30 years after college. Granted, he needs a haircut. Everyone ages and drugs get a bad wrap. Why can’t it ever be “responsible drug use” instead of always “drug abuse.” Please someone, argue with me.

  35. Chris
    11:56 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    I was on that previously mentioned water polo team with the guy. I thought he was a nice guy back then, despite all the attention he received. I hope he is well. Those kinds of pictures are usually less than flattering and by no means should be the basis of speculation about his lifestyle and circumstance. Leave him alone.