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Gator forward Alex Tyus to remain at UF



Tyus Eleven days after sophomore forward/center Alex Tyus asked for, and was granted, his release to leave the UF program, he has decided to stay put.

Florida officials confirmed Tuesday morning that Tyus will remain at UF. He was still in Gainesville after deciding to transfer, finishing up the spring semester, which ends this week.

Tyus met with UF coach Billy Donovan over the weekend before making his final decision. His father said on Friday he was scheduled to return home this week to weigh his options.

"The University of Florida is where I want to be,” Tyus said. “I
truly feel this is the best place for me to continue to grow and improve
and I look forward to this upcoming season.”

The 6-foot-8, 220 pound native of St. Louis started all 36 games last season, averaging 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. He was the team's second-leading scorer.

When he decided to transfer, he expressed a desire to play more of his true forward position. He played center for the Gators because of their lack of depth in the frontcourt.

“It’s great to know that his heart is here at the University of Florida,” Donovan said. “I know he will work hard, and I look forward to helping him continue to grow and develop as a person and as a player.”

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:55pm]


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