Tyus’ new look was own decision


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.”


  1. You’ve got to like the evolution of the offense shown in the Xavier game – the front court made 17 of 31 shots. The backcourt players took only 20 shots. While they made only 6, 4 were 3 pointers, which equates to 40% shooting in 2-point terms. With better ball security this could have been an easy win. It is a nice performance to build on though as the problems were execution and not strategic.

  2. Hair today, gone tomorrow. lol I like this version of Gator Basketball better than any since our last national championship, and that’s because of our strength in the front court. I look for them to improve through the SEC regular season as well and make a decent appearance in The Dance this time around.

  3. i think it’s a good move. since the haircut they (team) look good.
    they have a hustle and confidence i haven’t seen in awhile. i think the team depth this year and playing the new guys early has made a huge difference.

  4. Good move by Tyus; hopefully, he can concentrate more/play with more intensity during the rest of the basketball season! Donovan’s comments were hilarious – If I could put up with Noah’s hairstyle than I won’t bat an eye to anybody else’s hairstyle going forward no matter how outrageous! 🙂