Fallon Ellis’ family tree

Chris Wolff

Fallon Ellis has quietly put together a very productive senior season for the Cyclones in a reserve role. While Ellis may not put up gaudy numbers, she has shown her ability to make the little game-deciding plays.

Ellis has a knack for scoring timely buckets or pulling down a key offensive rebound late in the game. Aside from that, she makes other hustle plays that do not typically show up in the box score.

Aside from her solid senior season, Ellis is also noteworthy for family’s athletic accomplishments. The Ellis family tree is rather impressive:

Sonya Watkins Ellis

Mother of Fallon

University of Houston leading scorer from 1983-86

Southwest Conference Player of the Year for 1985-86 season

Tom Watkins

Grandfather of Fallon

Played football at ISU as a running back on the “Dirty Thirty” team

Played for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Pittsburg Steelers

Inducted into Iowa State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002

Sherard Ellis

Brother of Fallon

Played professionally in the Indoor Football League

Played for the Colorado Ice and Amarillo Venom

Monta Ellis

Cousin of Fallon

9 year NBA player

Currently playing for Dallas Mavericks, averages 19.4 points per game over the course of his career

Alisa Burras

Cousin of Fallon

Former WNBA player for Cleveland Rockets, Portland Fire and Seattle Storm

While Fallon’s career statistics may pale in comparison to her mother’s and she probably will never play professionally like her cousins, Ellis has played a pivotal role for the Cyclones.

Ellis poured in nine points and a career-high 14 rebounds off the bench for the Cyclones in a victory against Oklahoma, who sits at second in the Big 12 standings.

Ellis’ strong performance was key in the Cyclone victory, as the team looks to get on a roll going into post-season play. Read more on Fallon Ellis here.