Simone Jelks

OFFICIAL #81
NBA Experience 1st Season
Born March 9, 1986 (Cleveland)
Resides Cleveland, Ohio
High School Charles F. Brush (Lyndhurst, Ohio)
College University of Southern California ’08 M.P.H. at Case Western Reserve University ’11 M.ED at Cleveland State University ’13

Simone Jelks is in her first season as a full-time NBA official. She refereed 16 regular-season games as a non- staff official during the 2019-20 NBA season.

Jelks officiated three seasons in the NBA G League. She also has three years of collegiate officiating experience, with stints in the Mid-American Conference and Hori- zon League.

An Ohio native, Jelks played college basketball at the University of Southern California, where she was named to the 2007-08 Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. After college, she played professionally in Puerto Rico and Croatia.

Jelks is the career leader in points, steals, rebounds and
free throws made for Charles F. Brush High School in Lyndhurst, Ohio. She was named to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

Jelks earned a master’s degree in Public Health at Case Western Reserve University and a mas- ter’s degree in Urban Secondary Teaching from Cleveland State University. She worked as a high school Spanish teacher in Cleveland for six years.

Fun Facts

Favorite TV Show Power
Favorite Movie Love & Basketball
Favorite Musician Anita Baker
Favorite Book The Bible
Favorite Meal Collard Greens and Peach Cobbler
Favorite App Goodnotes
Would Most Like To Visit Spain
Hidden Talent Spoken Word Poetry