|Forward / Guard|
|Born||March 10, 1923|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||198 lb (90 kg)|
|High school||South Bend Central|
(South Bend, Indiana)
|College||Purdue (1942–1943, 1946–1947)|
|NBA Draft||1947 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Edwin S. "Bulbs" Ehlers (born March 10, 1923) is a retired American professional basketball player. Standing 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and weighing 198 pounds (90 kg), he played the forward and guard positions. Ehlers was drafted third overall in the 1947 Basketball Association of America Draft by the Boston Celtics, which was the first official NBA Draft ever held. In two seasons in the league, both with the Celtics, Ehlers averaged 8.1 points per game.
Prior to professional basketball, Ehlers had grown up in South Bend, Indiana and attended South Bend Central High School. While there, he played basketball for future Hall of Fame player and coach John Wooden. Ehlers then played basketball, football, and baseball at Purdue University.
Aside from being the Celtics' first ever draft pick, the National Football League's Chicago Bears selected him in the 31st round (293rd overall) in the 1947 NFL Draft. The New York Yankees of Major League Baseball also drafted him, although he chose to play basketball.
Bulbs Ehlers is the father of retired NFL player Tom Ehlers.
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