Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Life Center hires Pervis Ellison as basketball coach

Pervis Ellison, the former No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, has been hired by Life Center Academy in Burlington City as its basketball coach.

Life Center hires Pervis Ellison as basketball coach

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Pervis Ellison, the former No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, has been hired by Life Center Academy in Burlington City as its basketball coach.

Ellison lives in Voorhees. His son, Malik, is a rising 9th grader at Life Center and is considered one of the top young teen-age players in the state.

Ellison was nicknamed "'Never Nervous Pervis" during his career ay Louisville. He helped the Cardinals to the 1986 national title on a team that included Camden's Milt Wagner, Billy Thompson and Kevin Walls.

Life Center is not an NJSIAA school. The basketball team plays a regional schedule and has sent several players to Division I college programs in recent years.

Top South Jersey players such as Camden's Aaron Walton and Paulsboro's Daryus Quarles have played for LIfe Center in recent seasons.

Ellison has been an assistant coach at Life Center for the last two years. He also has been coach of the Team Final AAU team in recent years.

In a statement, Pastor David Boudwin, Life Center's athletic director, said, “To have a coach with Pervis Ellison's experience is a wonderful benefit for our program and players.  We look forward to a great season and exciting future for Life Center basketball.”

-- Phil Anastasia

 

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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at panastasia@phillynews.com.

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