Elmira native Ferris not elected into basketball HOF

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Elmira native Leo Ferris was not elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Ferris was nominated this year for the fourth time.

Ferris is best known for his creation of the modern 24-second shot clock, a change in professional basketball that altered the speed of the games. 

Ferris served as a general manager of the Syracuse Nationals and is considered as a founding father of the NBA.

Leo passed away in 1993 at age 76 after a battle with Huntington’s disease. 

Among those elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year were Vlade Divac, Jack Sikma, and Teresa Weatherspoon.

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