Cajuns’ Legend Roy Ebron Passes Away at Age 63
Roy Ebron, who helped lead the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns to unprecedented heights in the early '70's, died of a heart attack Sunday night at his home in St. Rose.
Steve Caldwell, who was a teammate of Ebron's and later a manager for the Ragin' Cajuns, confirmed Ebron's passing.
The 6-9, 220 lb. Ebron was Mr. Inside to Dwight "Bo" Lamar's Mr. Outside in his career from 1970-73. The two were the catalysts of a then-USL basketball team that finished third in the Division II (then called the College Division) championships in 1971, and a team ranked in the top 10 of Division I (University Division) in 1971-72 and 1972-73. The Ragin' Cajuns were regional semifinalists both years.
Ebron was a fourth round draft pick of the New York Knicks and played one season in the ABA with the Utah Stars.
Ebron was inducted to the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame on May 3 of this year. He currently is the seventh highest scorer in UL Basketball History. He is the schools all-time leading rebounder.with 1,064 and is one of only two players (Marcus Stokes) to have over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Ebron, a native of Virginia, was also recently named as one of the inductees to the Hampton Roads African-American Hall of Fame. He will be inducted posthumously November 22nd, joining former Philadelphis 76ers guard Allen Iverson and several others.
Ebron joined former Ragin' Cajuns teammate Dwight "Bo" Lamar in the Louisiana Hall of Fame along with former players Dean Church , Marvin Winkler, Jerry Flake and Andrew Toney. His coach, Beryl Shipley, a 1986 inductee into the Hall of Fame, is one of three coaches enshrined along with legendary coach J.C. "Dutch" Reinhardt and Bobby Paschal.
Ebron had suffered health issues in the last few years, battling diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol issues.
Caldwell said the family will conduct a memorial service at a later date.