Tyrone Wallace is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBA Los Angeles Clippers as a point/shooting guard. Wallace played college basketball for the California Golden Bears before being drafted by Utah Jazz as the last player in the 2016 NBA draft.
Who Is Tyrone Wallace?
Wallace was born on June 10, 1994, in Bakersfield, California, as Tyrone Tyrin Wallace Jr. He attended Bakersfield High School, where he played basketball with the school team and set a record of 1,767 points to become the school’s top scorer.
He twice won the Bakersfield Californian Player of the Year award and was named second-team in the All-CIF selection in his senior year. Rivals.com rated him as the thirteenth best point guard in the country and awarded him a 4-star rating.
After high school, he played college basketball at the University of California. As a rookie, he started ten games and averaged 7.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for the rest of the season.
In his junior year, his stats averaged 17.1 points per game, 7.1 rebounds, and 4 assists. This season he became a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award and was also named the first-team All-Pac-12. After his junior season, he announced that he was relinquishing his senior season for the NBA Draft.
During his college career, he shared the field with the likes of Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb.
Utah Jazz would select him as the final candidate (60th in total) for the 2016 NBA Draft. In July he joined the team for the 2016 NBA Summer League. His performances in his first summer league were not enough to get him an invitation to join the big league club.
In October, Jazz’s NBA Development League subsidiary, the Salt Lake City Stars, acquired him, but he was not accepted in November due to injury and was later reinstated. Despite his movements, he showed some promise of progress during his time in the G-League, averaging 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists per game, and 1.3 steals with twenty-seven minutes of play per night. In July 2017 his rights were waived and he was free to be signed by any NBA team.
In September 2017, the Los Angeles Clippers signed him and would later transfer him to their G-League subsidiary, the Agua Caliente Clippers, after the pre-season. After showing some improvements in the young Clippers squad, the Los Angeles Clippers signed a two-way contract with him and for the rest of the year, he split his playing time between the two teams (Agua Caliente Clippers and the Los Angeles Clippers squad).
In January 2018, Tyrone Wallace scored a career-high of 22 points in the Clippers’ victory over the Golden State Warriors, and in September of the same year he signed a bid sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans, but the Clippers exercised their right of first refusal and agreed to the bid sheet two days later.
His Parents, Family
The NBA star is the son of Michelle Wallace and Tyrone Wallace Sr. He has three siblings – an older brother named Ryan Carolina and two younger siblings – a sister named Diamond and a younger brother named Da’zion.
Thanks to his older brother Ryan, Tyrone Wallace grew up as an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant. It is his older brother and his love for Kobe that set Wallace’s love of basketball ablaze and ensured that he is where he is today, in professional basketball.
His family members are always there for him and give him all the love and support he needs. He remembers watching the 2016 NBA Draft with his family, and how he almost gave up when he heard one player after another being called up on stage without hearing his name, almost to the last selection when his agent called to tell him that he was the last selection the world meant to him. His parents, his aunt, and a few other family members visit some of the games to watch him play.
Height, Weight, And Quick Facts
The Clippers Shooting Guard currently stands at a height of 1.96 m (6 ft 4 in), with an athletic body weighing 90 kg (198 lbs). Details of his other body statistics are not currently available.
Tyrone majored in social care in college.