Tyus Edney

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Tyus Edney
Tyus Edney (cropped).jpg
Edney in 2011.
UCLA Bruins
Position Assistant coach
League Pac-12 Conference
Personal information
Born (1973-02-14) February 14, 1973 (age 44)
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
Playing career 1995–2010
Position Point guard
Number 5, 20, 2
Coaching career 2017–present
Career history
As player:
19951997 Sacramento Kings
1997–1998 Boston Celtics
1998–1999 Žalgiris Kaunas
1999–2000 Benetton Treviso
2000–2001 Indiana Pacers
2001–2004 Benetton Treviso
2004–2005 Lottomatica Roma
2005–2006 Olympiacos
2006–2007 Climamio Bologna
2007–2008 BC Azovmash
2008 Caja San Fernando
2009–2010 Turów Zgorzelec
As coach:
2017–present UCLA (assistant)
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 Basketball-Reference.com

Tyus Dwayne Edney (born February 14, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach at UCLA. Listed at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m), he was the point guard for UCLA from 1991 to 1995, leading the Bruins to the 1995 NCAA National Championship. 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.[1] An All-EuroLeague First Team selection twice, he led Žalgiris Kaunas to the 1999 EuroLeague title.

College career[edit]

In his freshman season at UCLA in 1992, Edney was named the most valuable freshman player on his team.[2] In his sophomore season, Edney was voted the team's most valuable player (MVP),[3] and he was named to the first-team All-Pacific-10 (Pac-10) Conference team.[4] He was again named to the first-team All-Pac-10 conference team in 1994.[4] As a senior in 1994–96, Edney set personal bests in total points (456), steals (74), and assists (216).[5] He was named the team's co-MVP along with Ed O'Bannon,[3] the team's most outstanding defensive player,[2] first-team All-Pac-10 for the third consecutive year,[4] and won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation's best player under 6 feet (1.8 m) tall.[6]

Edney was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009,[7] as well as the Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor in 2014.[8]

1995 NCAA Tournament[edit]

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.[9][10]

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[edit]

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[10] 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 Benetton Treviso (2001–2004, won the Italian league in 2002 and 2003, Italian Cup in 2003 and 2004 and Italian Supercup in 2001 and 2002, played in the EuroLeague Final in 2003) and Lottomatica Roma (2004–2005). After the 2004–2005 season, George Garbolas brought Edney to 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.[11]

In a 2005 profile in the L.A. Times,[12] 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[edit]

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.[13]

On April 21, 2017, UCLA announced that Edney had been promoted to a full assistant on coach Steve Alford's staff, replacing Ed Schilling, who left to join Archie Miller's staff at Indiana.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

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, and regional competition if applicable.


Regular season[edit]

1995–96 Sacramento 80 60 31.0 .412 .368 .782 2.5 6.1 1.1 .0 10.8
1996–97 Sacramento 70 20 19.7 .384 .190 .823 1.6 3.2 0.9 .0 6.9
1997–98 Boston 52 7 12.0 .431 .300 .793 1.1 '2.7 1.0 .0 5.3
2000–01 Indiana 24 0 11.0 .385 .167 .897 1.0 2.3 .7 .0 4.4
Career 226 87 21.0 .405 .322 .806 1.7 4.0 1.0 .0 7.6


1996 Sacramento 4 4 30.3 .429 .250 .833 3.0 2.8 2.0 .0 12.0
2001 Indiana 2 0 5.0 .286 .000 .000 .0 1.5 .5 .0 2.0
Career 6 4 21.8 .408 .222 .769 2.0 2.3 1.5 .0 8.7


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

Personal life[edit]

Edney and his wife, Buffy, have two daughters, Kennedi and Kolbe-Rae. Kennedi is a college gymnast for the LSU Tigers.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Leung, Diamond (June 4, 2010). "Tyus Edney wants to be a college coach". ESPN. Archived from the original on March 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b Finney 2010, p.110
  4. ^ a b c Finney 2010, p.105
  5. ^ "Tyus Edney Statistics". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Darren Collison Receives The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award". UCLABruins.com. March 31, 2009. Archived from the original on March 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ "UCLA To Induct Eight New Members Into Athletics Hall Of Fame". UCLABruins.com. September 22, 2009. Archived from the original on March 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor to Induct 2013-14 Class, Pac-12 Conference, February 21, 2014
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ a b Wharton, David (March 21, 2002). "He Went Great Length for Bruins". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ Official info (30th January 2009)
  12. ^ Abel, Greg (March 14, 2005). "Still Going End to End". L.A. Times. 
  13. ^ Tyus Edney joins UCLA's staff, ESPNLos Angeles, August 2, 2010
  14. ^ "Former UCLA star Tyus Edney to be assistant under Alford". Associated Press. April 21, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Kenndi Edney". LSUSports.net. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 

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