Ed Ratleff


William Edward “Easy Ed” Ratleff is a retired National Basketball Association player. He attended Columbus East high school where he led his high school basketball team to the Ohio State Championship in 1968 and the 1969 Ohio High School title.

In college, Ratleff was a two-time first-team All-American at Long Beach State. He was chosen for the 1972 U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team and participated in the Munich Games. He was selected with the sixth pick of the NBA Draft and played five NBA seasons.



A 6’6″ guard/forward, he played college basketball at California State University, Long Beach under coach Jerry Tarkanian. He

still holds the school’s career record for scoring average (21.4). He was twice named first-team AP All-American by the AP, in 1971–72 and 1972–73.

Ratleff played for the United States national basketball team at the 1972 Summer Olympics, where the United States lost a controversial gold medal game to the Soviet Union. Ratleff and his teammates refused to accept silver medals. Throughout the Olympic tournament, Ratleff averaged 6.4 points per game.

Ed Ratleff - Houston Rockets

In 1991 his number 42 was retired by Long Beach State. In 2009, he was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was part of the class inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2017 he was inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association Ring of Champions.

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