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Attended the AIS in 2008 and 2009, representing his country at the Under 19 World Championships in 2009. Went to St Louis University from 2009-2013. Finishing as one of 27 players to have scored over 1,000 points for the school.
His father Mike was a player and a coach at the Perth Wildcats while his grandfather was a coach of the Wildcats too. This made them the first three generation family in the NBL.
Equalled his career high of 18 points last season against New Zealand, the only other time he has scored this amount was against Cairns in 2015.
In 2016, Ellis played in the SBL for the Stirling Spectres and averaged 23.9 points and 6.9 rebounds.