Kings select Ellis as coach of G-League affiliate

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The Sacramento Kings are hiring Tyrone Ellis to coach their G-League affiliate in Stockton, Calif., according to Marc Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated.


The story was first reported by The Daily Courier out of Prescott, Arizona, back on August 1.

The Kings are expected to officially announce the hiring this week, Spears noted.

Ellis was the first coach in the history of the G-League’s Northern Arizona Suns and spent last season as an assistant with the Phoenix Suns.

He also was an assistant coach under Jeff Van Gundy with Team USA in the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup.

As a player, Ellis was a 6-foot-4 guard for Southern Nazarene from 1997-2001, then played overseas and for the Georgian national team (2006-09). He retired from playing in 2012.

Ellis, 40, also served as an assistant with the G-League’s Reno Bighorns, Grand Rapids Drive and Bakersfield Jam. The Stockton Kings are one of 27 teams in the G-League heading into the 2018-19 season.