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.[1]

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus 9 Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. EuroLeague 20180320.jpg
Tyus with Maccabi Tel Aviv in March 2018
No. 9 – UNICS Kazan
PositionCenter / Power forward
LeagueVTB United League
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1988-01-08) January 8, 1988 (age 31)
St. Louis, Missouri
NationalityAmerican / Israeli
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeFlorida (2007–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Undrafted
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–2012Maccabi Ashdod
2012–2013Mapooro Cantù
2013–2015Maccabi Tel Aviv
2015–2016Anadolu Efes
2016–2017Galatasaray
2017–2019Maccabi Tel Aviv
2019–presentUNICS Kazan
Career highlights and awards

High school careerEdit

Tyus played for his first two years of high school for Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis.[2] He then played for two years for Harmony High School, leading it to the prep school national championship game in 2006.[2][3]

College careerEdit

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.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Maccabi Ashdod (2011–2012)Edit

 
Tyus with Maccabi Ashdod in 2011

On June 28, 2011, Tyus started his professional career with the Israeli team Maccabi Ashdod after finishing four years at Florida.[4][5]

Pallacanestro Cantù (2012–2013)Edit

On July 12, 2012, Tyus signed a contract with the Italian team Pallacanestro Cantù where he played his first EuroLeague season.[6]

Maccabi Tel Aviv (2013–2015)Edit

On July 1, 2013, Tyus signed a two-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv.[7] He was named the MVP of the 2013-14 EuroLeague for the month of April.[8] 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

On July 21, 2015, Tyus signed a one-year contract with the Turkish club Anadolu Efes.[9] In 24 EuroLeague games with Anadolu Efes, he averaged 5.9 points and 3 rebounds.

Galatasaray (2016–2017)Edit

On July 12, 2016, Tyus signed a one-year deal with Galatasaray.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] On June 8, 2018, Tyus earned a spot in the All-Israeli League Second Team.[13] 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.[14]

On July 25, 2018, Tyus signed a one-year contract extension with Maccabi.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] Tyus helped Maccabi win the 2019 Israeli League Championship, winning his second straight Israeli League title in the process.

UNICS Kazan (2019–present)Edit

On July 13, 2019, Tyus signed a 1+1 contract with UNICS Kazan of the VTB United League.[18]

Israeli national teamEdit

Tyus was a member of the Israeli national basketball team at the 2013 Eurobasket tournament.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

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),[20] who has Jewish roots, converted to Judaism.[21]

On June 10, 2012, Tyus received an Israeli passport.[22]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high

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

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Florida 36 0 12.7 .540 .000 .543 2.6 .3 .1 .6 4.3
2008–09 Florida 36 36 26.2 .591 .000 .685 6.2 .7 .5 .8 12.5
2009–10 Florida 34 34 28.4 .503 .400 .683 6.9 .4 .5 1.0 11.8
2010–11 Florida 36 36 25.1 .500 .333 .630 6.2 .8 .4 .8 9.1
Career 152 106 23.0 .534 .375 .652 5.4 .6 .4 .8 9.4

EuroLeagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2012–13 Cantù 10 0 19.8 .576 .000 .481 3.7 .4 .2 1.0 8.1 9.0
2013–14 Maccabi 27 2 18.1 .718 .000 .526 5.0 .3 .3 1.0 7.7 10.9
2014–15 25 5 21.1 .611 .000 .529 5.2 .4 .4 1.4 7.2 10.5
2015–16 Anadolu Efes 24 8 12.6 .537 .000 .446 3.0 .3 .3 .3 5.9 6.3
2016–17 Galatasaray 30 10 19.4 .684 .000 .553 5.2 .4 .6 1.1 10.0 14.3
2017–18 Maccabi 30 2 19.9 .617 .000 .491 5.0 .2 .5 1.0 8.3 10.9
2018–19 Maccabi 30 5 18.3 .664 .000 .625 4.1 .3 .5 1.1 7.3 10.0
Career 176 32 18.4 .642 .000 .522 4.6 .3 .4 1.2 7.8 10.5

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alex Tyus Stats, Bio". ESPN. January 8, 1988. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Gator Men's Basketball Roster/Bios". GatorZone.com. June 6, 2012. Archived from the original on January 20, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "Alex Tyus". Rivals.yahoo.com. April 20, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "Alex Tyus Basketball Player Profile, stats, biography, career". Eurobasket. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  5. ^ "Maccabi Ashdod tabs rookie Alex Tyus". Sportando.com. June 28, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Italian Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings". Eurobasket. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
  7. ^ "Alex Tyus Signs with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv". maccabi.co.il. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "bwin MVP for April: Alex Tyus, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv". euroleague.net. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
  9. ^ "Anadolu Efes tabs former champ Tyus". Euroleague.net. July 21, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "Alex Tyus Galatasaray Odeabank'ta". galatasaray.org (in Turkish). July 12, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  11. ^ "Maccabi Tel Aviv signs Alex Tyus to a two-year deal". Sportando.com. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  12. ^ "Winner League, Game 33: Herzliya Vs M. Tel-Aviv". Sportando.com. May 27, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  13. ^ "חמישיית העונה בליגת ווינר סל 2017/18". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). June 8, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "צפו: אלכס טיוס נבחר למצטיין הפיינל פור". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Maccabi Tel Aviv re-signs Alex Tyus". Sportando.com. July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  16. ^ "MVP for January: Alex Tyus, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv". EuroLeague.net. January 28, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  17. ^ "Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. Herbalife Gran Canaria - Game". EuroLeague.net. March 28, 2019. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  18. ^ "Unics Kazan announces Alex Tyus". Sportando.basketball. July 13, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  19. ^ "Alexander Tyus's profile | 2013 EuroBasket". fiba.com. September 22, 2013.
  20. ^ University of Florida athletes got married
  21. ^ Playing with the converted - Sports - Haaretz.com
  22. ^ "אלכס טיוס קיבל אזרחות וישחק בנבחרת ישראל". one.co.il (in Hebrew). June 10, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012.

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