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 was the first head coach named for both the Northern Arizona Suns and the Stockton Kings of the NBA G League.
Ellis playing an exhibition match in Madrid
|League||NBA G League|
|Born||October 5, 1977|
|Nationality||American / Georgian|
|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)|
|2016–2017||Northern Arizona Suns|
|2017–2018||Phoenix Suns (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
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 in the NBA Development League. On July 15, 2016, Ellis was promoted to head coach for the Northern Arizona Suns, the recently relocated Bakersfield Jam franchise. During his first and only season coaching the Northern Arizona squad, he led the team to a 10–1 record to start the season, with the only loss occurring in double-overtime against the Los Angeles D-Fenders. However, by the end of the season, the Suns finished with a losing record of 22–28.
On July 5, 2017, Ellis was announced as the assistant coach for Team USA Basketball for the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup. Under the roster led by Jeff Van Gundy as head coach, Team U.S.A. would go undefeated to win the FIBA AmeriCup that year. On October 23, 2017, before the start of the Northern Arizona Suns' season, Ellis was named an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns with the promotion of Phoenix assistant Jay Triano as the interim head coach.
Georgia national teamEdit
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.
- Northern AZ Suns [@nazsuns] (5 July 2017). "Congratulations to our head coach Ty Ellis, who was named an assistant coach for USA Basketball at FIBA AmeriCup 20…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Bergner Jr., Brian M. (25 October 2017). "'Surreal moment' for a father turns into a teachable moment". The Daily Courier. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
- "Stockton Kings name Ellis new head coach". Stockton Record. August 13, 2018.