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Antonya English

Florida Gators Alex Tyus plans to transfer



Sophomore Florida Gators forward Alex Tyus plans to transfer from the men’s basketball team, the university announced Friday morning.

"Coach Donovan and I had a chance to talk about my future and we agreed on the best course of action," Tyus said in a statement released by the university. "I want to thank my coaches, my teammates and the fans here at Florida. I enjoyed my two years here and now I look forward to the next chapter of my life."

Tyus was the team’s second-leading scorer at 12.5 points per game and averaged a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game while playing out of position and starting at center this season due to the team’s lack of depth in the frontcourt.

"I think Alex is a great kid," coach Billy Donovan said Friday morning. "I think for a lot of guys when you come into a situation and understand what goes into it -- sometimes for guys, they want something different. I think for Alex, I enjoyed coaching him for two years, but at the same point, I think he wants to do things for himself that are decisions he’s got to make on his own of what he wants. For me as a coach you sit there and you know that there’s a certain vision and a certain path and a certain commitment necessary for the team going forward that you want to have, and I think for Alex that’s not really what he wanted to do. I respect that and understand that and wish him luck, and hopefully he can get what he’s looking for."

Phil Kegler, Times correspondent

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:54pm]


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