Alex Tyus submits name for 2010 NBA Draft

By Adam Silverstein
April 7, 2010

Florida Gators junior forward Alex Tyus has submitted his name into the 2010 NBA Draft but will not to hire an agent. Tyus, who has until May 8 to remove his name from consideration if he should so choose, thought about transferring away from Florida last season but was convinced to stay by head coach Billy Donovan.

“Mainly, I just want to see where I stand [with the NBA Draft Advisory Committee],” Tyus told The Gainesville Sun. “I want to go through the process, getting a chance to meet with some teams, working out against other players, trying to get better.”

Tyus, who explained to The Sun that he will likely stay in Gainesville, FL, unless he is projected to be a first-round pick, is the third UF basketball player in as many years to submit his name for consideration (Marreese Speights – 2008, Nick Calathes – 2009).

“It’s definitely a situation where I’ll have to think quicker,” he said. “Making that decision, that’s not really the goal right now. I just want to work out and see how I can get better.”

Averaging 11.8 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds (tied with Chandler Parsons) in 2009-10, Tyus developed well as a forward this past season but will likely be told by teams that he needs another season to work on his game.

The Sun reports that “Tyus can begin to work out for NBA teams on April 25 and cannot miss class during workouts. But because UF’s classes are over, Tyus will be able to take part in mid-week workouts until May 8. Tyus would have to schedule some workouts between final exams from April 24-30.”

Photo Credit: Phil Sandlin/Associated Press


  1. Rich says:

    C’mon really? No way he is a first round pick. Maybe I’m wrong but that’s my opinion.

  2. Jay says:

    Just doing his due diligence… I would expect Parsons to do the same thing. Need to find out what the advisory board says and what the feedback is on his game.

  3. g8ter27 says:

    Here is the feedback from the advisory board: Get on the red nose and big shoes, you are a clown Alex if you think you go first round. If you are really trying to get better, that is great, but if you think you are NBA ready… I’ll tell ya what, Alex, you get drafted I am declaring my eligibility…and I am 39. Wow, Tyus..NBA…Really????

  4. Donnie wise says:

    It’s a good decision if and only if it is for advice that he can use to fine tune his game. I hope he dosent let some agent get in his ear and pump his head up. If that happens it will end very bad for him. Hopefully he has a strong support group around him to help him stay level headed. We will have a strong starting 5 if he comes back and with the Kentucky kids all leaving we should run the east next year. I don’t care who coach cal brings in there isn’t another jhon wall in this years class.

  5. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    There is no need to hate on Tyus…he improved this year and maybe next year he will improve more…I think his biggest issue at the next level is what position can he play at such a light weight….I do think he will make a roster and could be a productive bench player…..if he is truly 6’8” (remember Haslem) then he is a big guy who can run the floor and hit open shots

  6. George says:

    Tyus is a great player if he wants to go to the NBA early and it is best for his family then he should do what is best for him

  7. John says:

    Really don’t be hateing on Tyus. He is a good guy. He is getting better.

  8. Alan says:

    He’s a great guy and remember. Don’t judge him cause you don’t know him better.

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