Alex Tyus said it wasn’t his wife who pressured him to cut the flowing dread-locks from the back of his hair.
The Florida senior forward said he decided to go with the crewcut look over Christmas break.
“I’ve been thinking about it the past two weeks,” Tyus said. “I was just wondering when I wanted to do it and I felt Christmas break was the best time since I was going back home (to St. Louis). So I just decided to cut it off.”
When the Biblical Sampson cut his hair, it impacted his strength. But Tyus played with good energy, particularly early, in Florida’s 71-67 over Xavier. Tyus, who finished with 12 points, scored UF’s first six points of the game.
The new look got the approval of neatly-coiffed Florida coach Billy Donovan.
“I still don’t know if that’s his wife or him,” Donovan said. “I think he looks good. He really wanted to do it. I don’t have a lot of thoughts. I had to deal with Joakim Noah for three years. When you see a guy’s hair like that, you know, whatever comes in forward, really can’t match up to that.”