Tyus update

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Florida junior forward Alex Tyus plans to attend IMG Academy in Bradenton next week to prepare for NBA pre-draft workouts.

Tyus put his name in for the NBA draft without an agent earlier this month and has until May 8 to decide whether to keep his name in the draft or return for his senior season.

At IMG, Tyus will work with the same trainers who worked with former Gators and current NBA standouts Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer.

ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford has rated Tyus as second-round to undrafted in his latest NBA draft projections. Of Tyus, Ford writes: “Tyus is an athletic, but undersized big man who will likely struggle to make the transition to the small forward position in the pros. He’s best around the basket in a blue-collar type of role, but won’t be able to do the same amount of damage in the pros. I expect him to go undrafted if he stays in the draft.”

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  1. So based on the analysis of Tyus’s game as it relates to the NBA, will another year with the Gators make a difference? Unfortunately he may be headed to Europe, South America, China or somewhere other than the US and the NBA whether it he comes out this year or next. The difference may be whether or not he leaves with a degree, which for most under these circumtances should be a big enough deal to come back but… lately it seems $$ signs seem to blind many to this!!!

  2. So coming back and working on his skills, maybe showing great work ethic can only help get him drafted. I don’t see how going out now helps Tyus. If he’s going to have an uphill battle regardless shouldn’t he want to at least get a degree? If he’s only going in one direction and it doesn’t work out, what’s his fallback? Playing in Wichita Falls and working at WalMart?

  3. Alex needs to come back and play his senior year. There are two benefits to doing that: 1.) He will earn a degree. 2.) He might, just might, improve his chances in the draft, given one more year of experience in Division I basketball.

    If hwe comes out now, he stands to lose much more than he MIGHT gain by sticking it out.

  4. Last I checked, I think it was well over 30 underclassmen who have submitted for the draft, and about half of these have already signed with an agent. Not an optimal year to come out early. Tyus is a good player, who improved a lot between LY and TY, but to make it in the NBA, he has a long way to go. Don’t be another Donnel Harvey, having a quick cup of coffee in the NBA and then never heard from again. Come back and play your senior year, enjoy college and get your degree. Then see what options life holds.

  5. Tyus does need to work on his skills to play small forward in the NBA but I get the feeling he already knows he won’t be drafted by the NBA and has decided to either work his way into the league via free agency and the NBADL or go to Europe and refine his game.

    My gut feeling is Alex Tyus won’t be playing for the University of Florida next year.

  6. I still think he is simply doing the smart thing and using his one allowed opportunity to go through workouts and get NBA feedback, which allows for precise feedback on what he needs to do by this time next year to have a shot at getting drafted. Every junior who has not used the one time “test the waters”, and has any thoughts of playing professionally anywhere, is foolish not to do this. It would be shocking (and not very bright) if he decides not to return.

  7. Big Mistake, if he goes pro early–

    He is an extremely poor (20%) shooter from 10′ out & is not very quick–Won’t be able to transition to NBA small forward & way too small to play NBA power forward position—

    Most of these college players are delusional….

  8. enough already with all the “come back to get a degree” comments.
    coming back to get your degree is IRRELEVANT and should not be in the discussion to go pro.
    an athlete can always come back to get their degree (and many do) at a later time. but opportunities to go pro are limited.
    i’m all for an athlete staying in school, but the argument that they need to stay in school to get their degree is not rational. there is no deadline for someone to come back to school.

  9. Alex can catch and shoot the mid range shot somewhat. But he needs to practice creating that mid range shot on the move in order to have a shot in the NBA. He needs to decide where he can best get that practice. He will get more playing time with the Gators, I suspect. The other problem has to do with the playing style in other places around the world, which is generally more predicated on team movement instead of the more individual game in the NBA. I say the extra time with the Gators would be potentially more beneficial to Alex.

  10. The “come back to get a degree” is VERY RELEVENT” in this case. His talent level is a dime a dozen. There are All-Americans that come out every year that can’t make it in the NBA. His last year would be FREE. That’s a big deal when you’re out of basketball in a year or two and then you have to come up with all the costs associated with finishing your degree. I’m all about leaving if he can make a lot of money.

  11. He could face significantly reduced minutes next year with Kadji healthy and a beast Painter joining the roster.

    I think he’s cutting his losses and trying to get a lucky late-round draft pick or a free-agent signing.

    On that note – I really hope he comes back for us. He’s like a more athletic version of Chris Richard.

  12. Chris Richard was better than Tyus. And he got drafted, Tyus won’t, at least not this year. He should go to IMG to learn how to workout like the pros, and what they expect from him. IMO I think having Tyus back next year is a bonus, because I am already ready for Patric Young to take over. I know he will be good player and when he’s done at Florida, he’ll be in the NBA.

  13. He reminds me of Udonis (now, not 2000 Udonis.)

    I think he has a role to fill in the league.

    But yes, he needs to come back this year. He’s given the Gators so much. It’s time they showcase his talents/strengths.

    I can’t believe he’s shooting less than 20% outside of 10′. Seems like he hit every 3 pointer he took!

    Come back Alex! It’ll be a win-win.

  14. I AGREE WITH ROB, IF HE’S USING HIS OPTIONS TO SEE WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON FOR THE NEXT LEVEL, HE’S DOING THE RIGHT THING. BY NOW HE HAS GOTTEN ENOUGH FEEDBACK TO KNOW THAT HE’ NOT READY YET, AND CAN ONL HELP HIS CHANCES BY COMING BACK AND PRODUCING FROM DAY ONE.

  15. I DISAGREE WITH CF, HE’S NOT OVERRATED WHEREAS THE GATORS WILL BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT HIM. HAVE YOU SEEN WHAT WE HAVE COMING BACK? WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET, AS A TEAM WE AREOVERRATED IN THAT RESPECT. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE MADE THE BIG DANCE THIS YEAR, THAT WAS A SPOT THAT SHOULD HAVE GONE TO MISS. STATE, WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE N.I.T.