Vols to retire Dale Ellis’ jersey March 1

Former Vol Dale Ellis, left, stands with former UT coach Don DeVoe during the All Century Basketball Team introductions at halftime of a game against Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena in February 2009.

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Former Vol Dale Ellis, left, stands with former UT coach Don DeVoe during the All Century Basketball Team introductions at halftime of a game against Vanderbilt at Thompson-Boling Arena in February 2009.

 Dale Ellis, UT basketball player, 1980.

Photo by KNS Archive

Dale Ellis, UT basketball player, 1980.

Dale Ellis, Tennessee’s sixth all-time leading scorer, will have his No. 14 jersey retired during the Vols’ March 1 game against Vanderbilt, UT announced Saturday.

Ellis scored 2,065 points in his four-year career in Knoxville before playing 19 years in the NBA for nine different teams.

UT had previously announced its intentions to retire Ellis’ number. Now the date is set. The Vols’ game against Vanderbilt will be nationally televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.

A 6-foot-7 forward from Marietta, Ga., Ellis was a first-team All-American and SEC player of the year in both 1982 and 1983. He averaged 21.2 and 22.6 points per game in those respective seasons.

Ellis’ tally of 2,065 points with the Vols would have been considerably higher had a 3-point line existed at the time. He made 1,719 3-pointers in his NBA career, ninth-most all-time.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee football and men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn.

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Comments » 13

volahoma writes:

Well deserved.

bogey74 writes:

Excellent!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

One of my all-time favorite Vols. Mr. inside/outside, Dale Ellis..Congrats.

Caspian writes:

I'm all for honoring former outstanding players. But I've never been a fan of retiring jerseys if it means no one ever wears that number again. Hang the jersey in the rafters, but keep using the number. Otherwise, eventually, if college basketball is played long enough, there will be no numbers left. They'd have to start using letters.

Every current player should have to memorize the name of every other player who previously wore his number.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

ABOUT TIME! He's still my all time favorite too. Right there with of course Bernard King.

volfan2002 writes:

Very glad to see this happening he was one of our all time great players.

tractoronthepole writes:

I believe a 7-2 record in the SEC should be re-examined.

CoverOrange writes:

Well deserved. Should have been much earlier.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Caspian:

I'm all for honoring former outstanding players. But I've never been a fan of retiring jerseys if it means no one ever wears that number again. Hang the jersey in the rafters, but keep using the number. Otherwise, eventually, if college basketball is played long enough, there will be no numbers left. They'd have to start using letters.

Every current player should have to memorize the name of every other player who previously wore his number.

4 players deserving the honor in 40 years. 47 more numbers to go. I think we'll be okay for awhile.

volforeverandever writes:

Good decision.

Whizzer writes:

in response to tractoronthepole:

I believe a 7-2 record in the SEC should be re-examined.

The 7-2 record is vs Vanderbilt.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Caspian:

I'm all for honoring former outstanding players. But I've never been a fan of retiring jerseys if it means no one ever wears that number again. Hang the jersey in the rafters, but keep using the number. Otherwise, eventually, if college basketball is played long enough, there will be no numbers left. They'd have to start using letters.

Every current player should have to memorize the name of every other player who previously wore his number.

That's true when you "retire" a number. Not so when a jersey is retired.

NoIncomeTax writes:

in response to volahoma:

Well deserved.

Yes it is well deserved. Ellis was a wing player who became a great post player for UT. The 3 point line would not have done much for Ellis' point total though because he rarely shot from outside 15 feet during his UT career.

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