Tyus Makes Right Decision, Sorry Dad

Alex Tyus

One of the toughest things for a young athlete to do is tell his dad he's doing something different. That appears to be exactly what has happened for the second year in a row as Alex Tyus has decided to return to Florida for his senior season despite the inflated expectations of his father.

Alex Tyus made himself available for the NBA draft more than a month ago, but as time went by it became clear that the 6-8 forward was unlikely to get drafted and certainly would not be a first round pick. Saturday Tyus decided against continuing to pursue professional options and, in a release form the University of Florida announced his intention to play his senior year.

"When I began this process it was with the intent of gathering information to see what I needed to work on to one day compete at the next level, and I believe I have been successful in doing just that. I have withdrawn my name from the NBA Draft and look forward to completing my senior year at the University of Florida. We made tremendous strides as a team a year ago that I look forward to continuing to build upon."

Tyus averaged 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Gators last season as he helped Florida return to the NCAA tournament. His return gives the Gators their top five scorers from last season. Florida loses Dan Werner and Ray Shipman, but replaces them with Patric Young, Casey Prather, Cody Larson, Will Yeguette and Scottie Wilbekin giving Florida a dramatically deeper and more athletic team for the 2010-11 season.

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Tyus seems excited about his decision. That is based on his Twitter comment.

"I will be returning to gator nation!! Let's get ready to make a run boys!!"

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As for dad, the Orlando Sentinel reported Alex's father is less than thrilled with the latest turn of events.

Tyus' father, Thomas Tyus, told the Sentinel on Thursday that he recommends Tyus leave school after being under-utilized by a Florida coaching staff that insisted on playing him in the post instead of small forward.

"I don't think he has anything to gain by returning to the University of Florida basketball wise," Thomas said. "I just feel he just has not developed his full potential. He can go back and get his degree any time."

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With the top five players back along with some excellent additions Florida will be a solid SEC title contender next season. Florida finished five games back of Kentucky in the SEC race last year, but the Wildcats have lost most of that team while the Gators return the bulk of the players who helped them last season.

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As far as I'm concerned this is good news for the Gators. The idea that Alex can play the "3" spot with his hands and ball skills is preposterous. He was right to be unhappy about having to play the "5" spot his first two years. With Macklin, Kadji, Murphy and Young there's no way he'll be asked to play the "5" ever again.

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