Tyrone Wallace is a professional basketball player who currently plays for NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers as a Point/Shooting guard. Wallace played college basketball for California Golden Bears before getting drafted by the Utah Jazz as the last pick of the 2016 NBA draft.
Who Is Tyrone Wallace?
Wallace was born in Bakersfield, California, on the 10th day of June in 1994 as Tyrone Tyrin Wallace Jr. He attended Bakersfield High School where he played basketball with the school’s team and made a record of 1,767 points to become the school’s all-time scoring leader.
He won the Bakersfield Californian Player of the Year award twice and was named a Second Team All-CIF selection in his senior year. Rivals.com rated him the thirteenth best point guard in the country, as well as a 4-star rating.
After high school, he played college basketball at the University of California. As a freshman, he started ten games and recorded an average of 7.2 points and 4.4 rebounds for each game for the rest of the season.
By his junior year, his statistics per game was an average of 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4 assists. During that season, he became a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award and was also named first-team All-Pac-12. After his junior season, he announced he was forgoing his senior season for the NBA draft.
During his college career, he shared the court with the likes of Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb.
Utah Jazz would select him as the last pick (60th overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft. In July, he joined the team for the 2016 NBA Summer League. His performance during his first summer league wasn’t enough to earn him an invite to join the big league club.
In October Jazz’s NBA Development League affiliate, Salt Lake City Stars acquired him but he was waived in November due to an injury and later reacquired. Despite his movements, he showed some prospects during his time with the G-League, recording an average of 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists per game as well as 1.3 steals on twenty-seven minutes of action a night. In July 2017, his rights were renounced, and he was free to be signed by any NBA team.
In September 2017, the Los Angeles Clippers signed him and would later move him to their G League affiliate the Agua Caliente Clippers after the preseason. After displaying some improvements with the young Clippers’ squad, Los Angeles Clippers signed him to a 2-way contract, and for the rest of the year, he split his playing time between the two teams (Agua Caliente Clippers and the Los Angeles squad).
In January 2018, Tyrone Wallace recorded a career-high score of 22 points in the Clippers’ win against the Golden State Warriors, in September of the same year, he signed an offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans but the Clippers exercised their right of first refusal and matched the offer 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 a die-hard fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant. It’s his older brother and his love for Kobe that fanned Wallace’s love for basketball to flames, ensuring that he is where he is today, playing professional basketball.
His family members are always there for him, giving him all the love and support he needs. He recalls watching the 2016 NBA Draft with his family and how he almost gave up when he heard player after player called to the stage without hearing his name until almost the last pick when his agent called to inform him, he was the last pick, that meant the world to him. His parents, aunt, and a few other family members attend some of the games to watch him play.
Height, Weight, And Quick Facts
The Clippers shooting guard currently stands at a height of 6 ft 4 in (1.96 m), with an athletic body that weighs 90kg (198 lbs). details of his other body stats are not currently available.
Tyrone majored in Social Welfare back in college.