Ecker was not a marquee player for UCLA. Over three championship seasons, he played in nearly every game, though his playing time was limited and typically came when the outcome of the game was already decided. The skinny, 6-foot-6-inch (1. 98 m) reserve served as a backup at both forward and center. He is one of 14 players who won three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles at UCLA under Coach John Wooden.