Charlie Sells, a multisport star at Roosevelt High School who was a basketball standout for Washington State, died at 72 at his Mill Creek home.
Former Washington State basketball standout Charlie Sells died Sunday at his Mill Creek home after a two-year year battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome and leukemia. He was 72.
Sells, a 6-foot-7 forward, started three years for the Cougars (1959-62), averaging 12.6 points and 10.9 rebounds for legendary coach Marv Harshman.
After graduation, Sells was taken in the 10th round of the 1962 NBA draft by the St. Louis Hawks. However, he signed with the Hawaii Chiefs of the American Basketball Association.
Before the season began, the Chiefs folded and Sells, a standout football and track and field athlete at Roosevelt High in Seattle, tried out for the Dallas Cowboys. He played in four exhibition games before returning to the Chiefs, who had reorganized that year in Long Beach. Sells appeared in 24 games with the ABL team and returned to Seattle after the season.
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Sells and his wife of 50 years, Judy, raised three sons: Kass, 49, and 48-year-old twins Jeff and Todd. Sells is also survived by siblings Betty Robertson and John Sells and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a scholarship created in Charlie Sells’ name at the Washington State University Cougar Athletic Scholarship Fund, PO Box 641927, Pullman, WA 99164.
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Times staff reporter Percy Allen contributed to this report.