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Tyus Edney

Tyus Edney
Edney in 2011.
Personal information
Born (1973-02-14) February 14, 1973
Gardena, California
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Long Beach Polytechnic
(Long Beach, California)
College UCLA (1991–1995)
NBA draft 1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro career 1995–2010
Position Point guard
Number 5, 20, 2
Career history
19951997 Sacramento Kings
1997–1998 Boston Celtics
1998–1999 Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
1999–2000 Benetton Treviso (Italy)
2000–2001 Indiana Pacers
2001–2004 Benetton Treviso (Italy)
2004–2005 Lottomatica Roma (Italy)
2005–2006 Olympiacos (Greece)
2006–2007 Climamio Bologna (Italy)
2007–2008 BC Azovmash (Ukraine)
2008 Caja San Fernando (Spain)
2009–2010 Turów Zgorzelec (Poland)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,728 (7.6 ppg)
Assists 910 (4.0 apg)
Steals 217 (1.0 spg)
Stats at

Tyus Dwayne Edney (born February 14, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player. A point guard for UCLA from 1991–1995, Edney led the Bruins to the 1995 NCAA National Championship. He also led Žalgiris Kaunas to the 1999 Euroleague title. Edney is the director of basketball operations for the UCLA men's basketball team. Edney was listed at 1.78 m (5'10"), 88 kg (195 lbs).[1] His game-winning shot for UCLA in the 2nd Round of the 1995 NCAA Men's Championship is considered to be one of the most famous plays in NCAA Tournament history.[2]


  • College career 1
    • 1995 NCAA Tournament 1.1
  • NBA and Euroleague career 2
  • Post-playing career 3
  • Career statistics 4
    • Euroleague 4.1
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • External links 7

College career

In his freshman season at UCLA in 1992, Edney was named the most valuable freshman player on his team.[3] In his sophomore season, Edney was voted the team's most valuable player (MVP),[4] and he was named to the first-team All-Pacific-10 (Pac-10) Conference team.[5] He was again named to the first-team All-Pac-10 conference team in 1994.[5] In his senior season, Edney set personal bests in total points (456), steals (74), and assists (216).[6] He was named the team's co-MVP along with Ed O'Bannon,[4] the team's most outstanding defensive player,[3] first-team All-Pac-10 for the third consecutive year,[5] and won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation's best player under six feet tall.[7]

On October 9, 2009, Edney was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.[8] He will be inducted into the Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor on March 14, 2014 during the 2014 Pacific-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.[9]

1995 NCAA Tournament

Edney's late game heroics in the 1995 Men's Division I Basketball Tournament have earned him a spot in NCAA Tournament lore. Edney's UCLA squad had played well in the 1994-1995 season, earning a No. 1 seed in the West Region of the tournament. Favored in their second round match against eighth seed Missouri, UCLA fell behind 74-73 with just 4.8 seconds remaining. Bruins coach Jim Harrick, after calling timeout, turned to Edney, the point guard, rather than to their star player, Ed O'Bannon.

Cameron Dollar inbounded the ball to Edney who caught it in stride and took off up the left sideline. A Missouri defender picked him up at about the top of the key, although not with extreme on-ball pressure due to a fear of fouling. At midcourt, another defender attempted to trap, but Edney "broke the defender's ankles" with a behind-the-back dribble that evaded the pressure. After Edney reached the Missouri key, 6'9" Missouri forward Derek Grimm slid over in an attempt to stop him. Edney adjusted his shot around Grimm, and banked the shot in at the buzzer. The ball dramatically drained through the net as the game ending red light blazed. UCLA won the game 75-74.[10][11]

Two games later against the Connecticut Huskies, Edney had another chance at a full court run before the half, and drained a 30-foot 3-pointer en route to a 102-96 victory. UCLA went on to win its 11th NCAA basketball championship, defeating the defending champion Arkansas Razorbacks 89-78, (although Edney, with a wrist injured in the semi-final win vs. Oklahoma State, mostly watched from the bench). But UCLA's record 11th National Championship would have been impossible had Edney's full court runner vs. Missouri not fallen. Edney was named to the Tournament Western Regional All-Tournament team.

NBA and Euroleague career

Edney was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round with the 47th overall pick of the 1995 NBA Draft. He played with the Kings for two seasons (1995–1997). He spent two more seasons in the NBA, with the Boston Celtics in 1997-1998 and with the Indiana Pacers in 2000-2001. Between those seasons he played for Euroleague winner Žalgiris[11] earning the Euroleague Final Four MVP title and, during the 1999-2000 season, in Italy for Benetton Treviso (losing in the Italian League finals and winning the Italian Cup). In the NBA, he never could top his rookie year with the Kings, when he averaged 10.8 ppg and had 491 total assists.

Following his departure from the NBA in 2001, Edney bounced around several European teams, including another stint with Olympiacos in order to help the team challenge in Greece and in Europe. Tyus Edney was one of the players upon whom the new Olympiacos was supposed to be built, but he played there only one season in 2005-2006. In the 2006-2007 season he returned to Italy to play for Climamio Bologna. He started the 2008-2009 season in Cajasol Sevilla and then (January 2009) moved to Turów Zgorzelec.[12]

In a 2005 profile in the L.A. Times,[13] former UCLA teammate Ed O'Bannon said that Edney was hugely popular in Europe, saying "his style, his size, the fact that his teams always win; he's somewhat of a novelty, a celebrity. When my teammates overseas found out that I played with him, it would be like someone in the States finding out that you played with Michael Jordan."

Post-playing career

On August 2, 2010, it was announced by UCLA head coach Ben Howland that Edney had joined the Bruins as director of men's basketball operations.[14] In 1998, he and spouse, Shewan, had a daughter, Kennedi. Kennedi is an International Elite gymnast who trains at Precision Gymnastics, who competed at the U.S Secret Classic in 2013. Originally, Kennedi stated she wanted to follow in her fathers footsteps by attending UCLA for college but accepted a scholarship to LSU instead.[15]

Career statistics

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.


2001–02 Benetton 19 16 30.3 .513 .418 .786 3.6 3.8 2.1 .1 17.9 20.3
2002–03 Benetton 18 17 28.7 .509 .524 .843 2.4 4.3 1.6 .1 16.5 18.2
2003–04 Benetton 18 17 30.1 .458 .333 .840 1.9 4.6 1.3 .1 15.2 16.9
2005–06 Olympiacos 23 23 30.6 .474 .343 .776 3.0 4.5 1.1 .0 13.3 15.2
2006–07 Climamio Bologna 12 10 30.1 .471 .263 .814 2.5 4.1 1.0 .0 12.7 13.9
Career 90 83 30.0 .486 .391 .807 2.9 4.3 1.4 .1 15.2 17.0

See also


  1. ^ NBA players list.
  2. ^ Leung, Diamond (June 4, 2010). "Tyus Edney wants to be a college coach". Archived from the original on March 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Finney, Ryan (2010). "2010–11 UCLA Men's Basketball Media Guide". UCLA Athletic Department. p. 111. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Finney 2010, p.110
  5. ^ a b c Finney 2010, p.105
  6. ^ "Tyus Edney Statistics". Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Darren Collison Receives The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award". March 31, 2009. Archived from the original on March 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ "UCLA To Induct Eight New Members Into Athletics Hall Of Fame". September 22, 2009. Archived from the original on March 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor to Induct 2013-14 Class, Pac-12 Conference, February 21, 2014
  10. ^ Friend, Tom - N.C.A.A. TOURNAMENT: WEST; U.C.L.A. Dash Knocks Wind Out of Missouri. New York Times, March 20, 1995. Quote: U.C.L.A.'s Tyus Edney ran a 94-foot dash in 4.7 seconds today. That he also managed to toss in a swooping layup left Missouri with its hands over its face. The No. 1-seeded Bruins trailed the No. 8-seeded Tigers by 1 point with 4.8 seconds remaining when Edney, a turbo point guard, started his cross-country journey. He took the inbounds pass under his own basket, was neck-and-neck with defender Jason Sutherland at midcourt, freed himself with a behind-the-back dribble, made a hairpin turn to the lane and banked in a shot over 6-foot-9-inch Derek Grimm at the buzzer.
  11. ^ a b Wharton, David (March 21, 2002). "He Went Great Length for Bruins".  
  12. ^ Official info (30th January 2009)
  13. ^ Abel, Greg (March 14, 2005). "Still Going End to End". L.A. Times. 
  14. ^ Tyus Edney joins UCLA's staff, ESPNLos Angeles, August 2, 2010
  15. ^ [2]

External links

  • Lithuanian League Profile
  • Career statistics and player information from
  • Profile
  • Bruin Basketball Report
  • YouTube Video of game winning shot against Missouri in the 1995 NCAA Tournament
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