Tyrone Ellis playing an exhibition match in Madrid.
|Northern Arizona Suns|
|League||NBA Development League|
October 5, 1977 |
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|High school||David W. Carter (Dallas, Texas)|
|College||Southern Nazarene (1997–2001)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Undrafted|
|2012–2013||Tulsa 66ers (assistant)|
|2013–2014||Reno Bighorns (assistant)|
|2014–2015||Grand Rapids Drive (assistant)|
|2015–2016||Bakersfield Jam (assistant)|
|2016–present||Northern Arizona Suns|
|Career highlights and awards|
Tyrone Ellis (born October 5, 1977) is a retired naturalized Georgian professional basketball player, originally from the United States. He is 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) tall and played as a shooting guard. He is currently the first head coach ever named for the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA Development League.
Since his graduation from Southern Nazarene University, Ellis has played professional basketball in the United States (Huntsville Flight), Germany (Frankfurt Skyliners), Turkey (Beşiktaş Cola Turka), Italy (Basket Napoli) and Spain (Casademont Girona, Cajasol Sevilla, Asefa Estudiantes). He also had Summer League stints with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks.
On October 30, 2015, after stints with the Tulsa 66ers, Reno Bighorns and Grand Rapids Drive, Ellis was hired by the Bakersfield Jam to be an assistant coach. On July 15, 2016, it was announced that Ellis would take on the open head coach role for the Northern Arizona Suns. During his first season coaching the Northern Arizona squad, he'd lead the team to a 10–1 record, with the only loss occurring in double-overtime against the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Georgia national team
Ellis was also a member of the Georgia national basketball team from 2006 to 2009. He played with the team at the Division B Eurobasket 2009 and averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists during the tournament. In the finals against Belarus he averaged 13.5 points and 3.0 assists and helped Georgia to move up to Division A.
- "Bakersfield Jam Announce 2015-16 Staff". OurSportsCentral.com. October 30, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.