Tyrone Ellis

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Tyrone Ellis
Tyrone Ellis - Estudiantes - 20110407.jpg
Tyrone Ellis playing an exhibition match in Madrid.
Northern Arizona Suns
Position Head coach
League NBA Development League
Personal information
Born (1977-10-05) October 5, 1977 (age 39)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Career information
High school David W. Carter (Dallas, Texas)
College Southern Nazarene (1997–2001)
NBA draft 2001 / Undrafted
Playing career 2001–2012
Position Guard
Career history
As player:
2001–2002 Huntsville Flight
2002–2003 Girona
2003–2005 Skyliners Frankfurt
2005 Bellevue Blackhawks
2005–2006 Beşiktaş
2006–2007 Basket Napoli
2007–2010 Cajasol Sevilla
2010–2011 Estudiantes
2011–2012 Lucentum Alicante
As coach:
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
  • First-team NAIA All-American (2001)

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.

College career[edit]

Born in Dallas, Ellis graduated from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma in 2001.

Professional career[edit]

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.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

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.[2] 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[edit]

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.


  1. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/08/05/phoenix-suns-d-league-coach-ty-ellis/88284562/
  2. ^ "Bakersfield Jam Announce 2015-16 Staff". OurSportsCentral.com. October 30, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.