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