Alexander Trent Tyus (born January 8, 1988) is an American-Israeli professional basketball player for UNICS Kazan of the VTB United League. Having been naturalized as an Israeli citizen, he also represented the senior Israeli national basketball team. Standing at 2.03 meters (6'8") tall, he is an athletic frontcourt player and good rebounder.
Tyus with Maccabi Tel Aviv in March 2018
|No. 9 – UNICS Kazan|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|League||VTB United League|
|Born||January 8, 1988|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Nationality||American / Israeli|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Undrafted|
|2013–2015||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2017–2019||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|Career highlights and awards|
- 1 High school career
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Israeli national team
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Career statistics
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
High school careerEdit
Tyus played for his first two years of high school for Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis. He then played for two years for Harmony High School, leading it to the prep school national championship game in 2006.
Tyus attended the University of Florida, where he played college basketball under head coach Billy Donovan with the Florida Gators from 2007 to 2011, and was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams. He played a key role in the 2010–11 Gators' run to the Elite Eight with a 19-point, 17-rebound effort in the 83–74 overtime win over the BYU Cougars in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. As of 2012, his 1,333 career points were 22nd-best in school history.
Maccabi Ashdod (2011–2012)Edit
Pallacanestro Cantù (2012–2013)Edit
Maccabi Tel Aviv (2013–2015)Edit
On July 1, 2013, Tyus signed a two-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv. He was named the MVP of the 2013-14 EuroLeague for the month of April. He was one of the key players to help Maccabi advance to the EuroLeague Final Four. Eventually, Maccabi won the EuroLeague championship.
Anadolu Efes (2015–2016)Edit
Return to Maccabi (2017–2019)Edit
On June 22, 2017, Tyus returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv for a second stint, signing a two-year contract. On May 27, 2018, Tyus recorded a season-high 20 points, shooting 10-of-12 from the field, along with five rebounds and two blocks in a 97-85 win over Bnei Herzliya. On June 8, 2018, Tyus earned a spot in the All-Israeli League Second Team. On June 14, 2018, Tyus led Maccabi Tel Aviv to win the 2018 Israeli League Championship after a 95–75 victory over Hapoel Holon. He was subsequently named Finals MVP.
On July 25, 2018, Tyus signed a one-year contract extension with Maccabi. On January 28, 2019, Tyus was named EuroLeague MVP of the Month after averaging 11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks for 14.6 PIR per game, shooting 84 percent from the field in five games played in January. On March 28, 2019, Tyus recorded a EuroLeague career-high 20 points, shooting 9-of-11 from the field, along with six rebounds in a 90–55 win over Gran Canaria. Tyus helped Maccabi win the 2019 Israeli League Championship, winning his second straight Israeli League title in the process.
UNICS Kazan (2019–present)Edit
Israeli national teamEdit
During his college years he was introduced to Judaism by his roommate, and in 2011 Tyus and his ex-wife Alli Cecchini (volleyball player of Florida Gators), who has Jewish roots, converted to Judaism.
On June 10, 2012, Tyus received an Israeli passport.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Tyus won the EuroLeague|
|Led the league|
- "Alex Tyus Stats, Bio". ESPN. January 8, 1988. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- "Gator Men's Basketball Roster/Bios". GatorZone.com. June 6, 2012. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- "Alex Tyus". Rivals.yahoo.com. April 20, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- "Alex Tyus Basketball Player Profile, stats, biography, career". Eurobasket. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- "Maccabi Ashdod tabs rookie Alex Tyus". Sportando.com. June 28, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
- "Italian Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings". Eurobasket. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- "Alex Tyus Signs with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv". maccabi.co.il. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
- "bwin MVP for April: Alex Tyus, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv". euroleague.net. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
- "Anadolu Efes tabs former champ Tyus". Euroleague.net. July 21, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
- "Alex Tyus Galatasaray Odeabank'ta". galatasaray.org (in Turkish). July 12, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
- "Maccabi Tel Aviv signs Alex Tyus to a two-year deal". Sportando.com. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
- "Winner League, Game 33: Herzliya Vs M. Tel-Aviv". Sportando.com. May 27, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
- "חמישיית העונה בליגת ווינר סל 2017/18". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
- "צפו: אלכס טיוס נבחר למצטיין הפיינל פור". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- "Maccabi Tel Aviv re-signs Alex Tyus". Sportando.com. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
- "MVP for January: Alex Tyus, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv". EuroLeague.net. January 28, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
- "Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria - Game". EuroLeague.net. March 28, 2019. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
- "Unics Kazan announces Alex Tyus". Sportando.basketball. July 13, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
- "Alexander Tyus's profile | 2013 EuroBasket". fiba.com. September 22, 2013.
- University of Florida athletes got married
- Playing with the converted - Sports - Haaretz.com
- "אלכס טיוס קיבל אזרחות וישחק בנבחרת ישראל". one.co.il (in Hebrew). June 10, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012.