Rosell Ellis

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Rosell Ellis
Personal information
Born (1975-02-19) February 19, 1975 (age 43)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 199 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Listed weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Career information
High school Rainier Beach (Seattle, Washington)
NBA draft 1997 / Undrafted
Playing career 1997–2011
Position Small forward / Power forward
Career history
1997 Deportivo Roca
1997–1999 Des Moines Dragons
1999–2001 Yakima Sun Kings
2001 Chicago Skyliners
2001 Pop Cola Panthers
2002 Coca-Cola Tigers
2002–2003 Yakima Sun Kings
2003 Great Lakes Storm
2003 Barangay Ginebra Kings
2003–2004 ASPAC Hewlett-Packard Jakarta
2004 Barangay Ginebra Kings
2004–2005 Perth Wildcats
2006 Yakima Sun Kings
2006 Cocodrilos de Caracas
2006–2007 South Dragons
2007 Alaska Aces
2007 Townsville Crocodiles
2008–2009 Townsville Crocodiles
2009 Alaska Aces
2009–2010 Al Ittihad Jeddah
2010–2011 Townsville Crocodiles
Career highlights and awards
  • SPL champion (2010)
  • PBA Fiesta Conference champion (2007)
  • PBA Fiesta Conference Best Import (2007)
  • CBA champion (2000, 2006)
  • 2× CBA All-Star (2001, 2003)
  • Southland Player of the Year (1997)
  • First-team All-Southland (1997)

Rosell Ellis (born February 19, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player.

High school & College[edit]

Ellis played high school basketball at Rainier Beach High School. He was named Washington State MVP for 1992–93 season.

From 1993–1995, he played college basketball at the College of Eastern Utah. In 1995, he then moved to McNeese State of the NCAA Division I for his junior and senior years. During his senior year at McNeese State, Ellis averaged 18.5 points per game on almost 67 percent shooting.[1]


After his college career, Ellis joined Deportivo Roca of Argentina for the 1997 season. Later that year, he joined the Des Moines Dragons of the now-defunct International Basketball Association for the 1997–98 season, becoming the league's fifth-leading scorer. He attracted scouts to his games but had an incident in January 1998. There were NBA scouts in the stands when Ellis lost his mind and put an IBA referee in a choke hold. According to Ellis, a referee, Bob Schoewe, was berating players as they lined up around the paint for free throws. Ellis snapped back at Schoewe, who denies insulting the players, and in turn gave Ellis a technical foul in retaliation. Ellis protested again and the ref called a second technical and ejected him from the game. Ellis ran to the scorer's table where Schoewe was reporting the ejection, leaped on the referee's back, and put Schoewe in a sleeper hold. A throng of coaches, players, referees, and security officers pulled Ellis away from Schoewe and brought him to the locker room. The IBA banned him for a year for this action. This action was after Latrell Sprewell's choking of his coach, thus Ellis was shunned by NBA scouts. Now, Ellis looks at this incident as one of his big misdeeds.[1] In 1998, he re-joined Deportivo Roca. Later that year, he re-joined Des Moines Dragons for the 1998–99 season.

In 1999, he joined Cersanit/Nomi Kielce of Poland. In October 1999, he left Kielce. He later joined the Yakima Sun Kings of the CBA for the 1999–2000 season.

On October 2, 2000, he signed with the Detroit Pistons. However, he was waived on October 21.[2] Later that month, he re-joined the Yakima Sun Kings for the 2000–01 season. Following the conclusion of the CBA season, he joined the Chicago Skyliners of the ABA.

In 2002, he joined the Coca-Cola Tigers of the Philippines for the Governor's Cup. Later that year, he re-joined the Yakima Sun Kings for the 2002–03 season. In January 2003, he was traded to the Great Lakes Storm.

In December 2003, he signed with ASPAC Hewlett-Packard Jakarta of Indonesia for the rest of the 2003–04 season. In 2004, he joined the Barangay Ginebra Kings.

Ellis joined the Perth Wildcats for the 2004–05 season as a late replacement for Jaron Brown, where he played both power forward and small forward. He was the best shooter in the NBL for that season, shooting 61% from the floor. He was named the Round 21 NBL Player of the Week in 2005. In the same season, he also collected the 2005 Gordon Ellis Medal, the Wildcats' highest individual player honour and the team's Best Defensive Player award. He set his NBL-career best 38 points and 15 rebounds vs Crocodiles on November 26, 2004. He finished the 2004–05 season with averages of 17.8ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg.[3][4]

In January 2006, he again re-joined the Yakima Sun Kings for the rest of the 2005–06 season. In March 2006, he joined Cocodrilos de Caracas of Venezuela.

In October 2006, he signed with the South Dragons for the 2006–07 season.[5] Ellis led the NBL in rebounding in 2007 by averaging 11.3 rebounds in 27 games.[4] In March 2007, he joined the Alaska Aces. Later that year, he signed with the Townsville Crocodiles for the 2007–08 season. However, just two games into the season, he suffered a season-ending chest injury and returned to the United States for rehab.[6]

In September 2008, he signed a new two-year deal with the Crocodiles.[7] In March 2009, he re-joined the Alaska Aces. In July 2009, the second year of his two-year contract was terminated by the Crocodiles.[8] Later that year, he signed with Al Ittihad Jeddah of Saudi Arabia for the 2009–10 season.

On December 15, 2010, he re-signed with the Townsville Crocodiles for the rest of the 2010–11 NBL season.[9]


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Preceded by
Marquin Chandler
Barangay Ginebra Kings
Fiesta Conference import player

Succeeded by
Chris Alexander