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Former NBA Player Harold Ellis named Head Coach/GM

April 1, 2004 - World Basketball Association (WBA) - Rome Rage News Release

Former NBA and Morehouse College guard Harold Ellis has been named GM/Head Coach of the Rome Gladiators of the newly formed WBA. Ellis who is also an Advanced Scout for the Atlanta Hawks will inaugural continue to handle those duties. Ellis was also a member of the NBDL's Roanoke Dazzle staff in 2001.

Ellis will bring a unique perspective to his position with the Gladiators because he himself was a product of a Division II College and the professional minor league system in his quest to make in the the NBA, as he played in the Continental Basketball Association, the U.S. Basketball League and Greece. Ellis, a graduate of Morehouse, played with the Los Angeles Clippers from '93-'95 and later with the Denver Nuggets in the 1997-98 season.

While at Morehouse College from 1988-92, Ellis averaged 24.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and holds the Maroon Tiger career scoring record of 2,881 points. He won the John B. McClendon Trophy, which is awarded to the top male senior college player at a black college or university.

Ellis has had prior assistant coaching stints with the CBA's Rockford Lightening in 1998-99, and in the IBL with the Las Vegas Silver Bandits during the 2000-01 season, as well as some work with the Portland Trailblazers Summer League team in 2002.

Ellis, holds a master’s degree in sports management and administration from the U.S. Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama.

For more information about the Rome Gladiators visit http://www.romegladiators.com or phone 706-378-4896.

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