Tyus Edney

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Tyus Edney
Tyus Edney (cropped).jpg
Edney in 2011
Personal information
Born (1973-02-14) February 14, 1973 (age 48)
Gardena, California
Listed height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolLong Beach Polytechnic
(Long Beach, California)
CollegeUCLA (1991–1995)
NBA draft1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career1995–2010
PositionPoint guard
Number5, 20, 2
Coaching career2017–2019
Career history
As player:
19951997Sacramento Kings
1997–1998Boston Celtics
1998–1999Žalgiris Kaunas
1999–2000Benetton Treviso
2000–2001Indiana Pacers
2001–2004Benetton Treviso
2004–2005Lottomatica Roma
2006–2007Climamio Bologna
2007–2008BC Azovmash
2008Caja San Fernando
2009–2010Turów Zgorzelec
As coach:
2017–2019UCLA (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points1,728 (7.6 ppg)
Assists910 (4.0 apg)
Steals217 (1.0 spg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Tyus Dwayne Edney Sr. (born February 14, 1973) is an American former basketball player and coach. Listed at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m), he played point guard. He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins from 1991 to 1995, leading them to the 1995 NCAA national championship. His game-winning shot for UCLA, in the second round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament, is considered to be one of the most famous plays in NCAA Tournament history.[1] A two-time All-EuroLeague First Team selection, he led Žalgiris Kaunas to the 1999 EuroLeague title and was named the EuroLeague Final Four MVP. He became an assistant coach for UCLA.

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 1994–95, 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] He ranks second in the school's history in career assists (652) and third in steals (224).[9]

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 used 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.

Professional playing career[edit]


Edney was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 1995 NBA draft with the 47th overall pick . He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team and played with the Kings for two seasons (1995–1997). He spent the 1997–1998 season with the Boston Celtics. After playing in Europe for 2 years (Lithuania 1998–1999, and Italy 1999–2000), he returned to the NBA, and played with the Indiana Pacers, in the 2000–2001 season. In total, he played in 4 NBA seasons. In the NBA, he could never top his rookie year with the Kings, when he averaged 10.8 points per game, and had a total of 491 total.


In the 1998–1999 season, Edney won the EuroLeague championship with the Lithuanian club Žalgiris Kaunas,[11] earning the EuroLeague Final Four MVP award in the process. He and teammate George Zidek, who also won a title with Edney at UCLA, became the first players to win both an NCAA and EuroLeague championship.[12] Edney then played in Italy, during the 1999–2000 season, with Benetton Treviso (losing in the Italian League finals, and winning the Italian Cup title). After that season, he spent the next season (2000–2001) playing in the NBA.

Following his departure from the NBA, in 2001, Edney bounced around several European teams, including another stint with Benetton Treviso (2001–2004, where he won the Italian league in 2002 and 2003, the Italian Cup in 2003 and 2004, and the Italian Supercup in 2001 and 2002; and 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.

Edney was one of the players upon whom the new Olympiacos team was supposed to be built, but he only played there for one season, in 2005–2006. In the 2006–2007 season, he returned to Italy, to play with Climamio Bologna. He started the 2008–2009 season in the Spanish club Cajasol Sevilla, and then (January 2009) moved to the Polish club Turów Zgorzelec.[13]

In a 2005 profile in the L.A. Times,[14] former UCLA Bruin 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."

Later years[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.[15]

On April 21, 2017, UCLA announced that Edney had been promoted to a full assistant, on head coach Steve Alford's staff, replacing Ed Schilling, who left to join Archie Miller's staff at Indiana.[16] Alford was fired midseason in 2018–19. After the season, Edney was not retained by new incoming head coach Mick Cronin.[9] In August 2019, Edney was named the director of engagement for the UCLA athletic department.[17][18]

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


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


Žalgiris 22 27.4 .505 .360 .757 2.6 6.1 1.8 0.0 12.5
Benetton 14 33.6 .497 .412 .800 3.8 3.4 2.2 0.0 16.9
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 126 83 30.0 .490 .392 .796 2.9 4.5 1.6 .1 14.9 17.0

Personal life[edit]

Edney married his first wife, Buffy, shortly after graduating from UCLA. They have two daughters, Kennedi and Kolbi-Rae.[21][22][23] Edney met his Italian-Brazilian second wife, Aiñoa Da Silva, in Treviso, and they have a son Tyus Jr.[22][24] Edney's daughter Kennedi is a college gymnast for the LSU Tigers, a winner of the vault title at the 2019 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship.[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Leung, Diamond (June 4, 2010). "Tyus Edney wants to be a college coach". ESPN. Archived from the original on March 13, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Finney, Ryan (2010). "2010–11 UCLA Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). 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 July 17, 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 Archived 2014-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, Pac-12 Conference, February 21, 2014
  9. ^ a b Bolch, Ben (May 15, 2019). "Tyus Edney won't return as a UCLA basketball assistant coach". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  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". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 13, 2011.
  12. ^ "Panathinaikos Takes Title". The New York Times. The Associated Press. May 3, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  13. ^ Official info (30th January 2009) Archived 2009-02-03 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Abel, Greg (March 14, 2005). "Still Going End to End". L.A. Times.
  15. ^ Tyus Edney joins UCLA's staff, ESPNLos Angeles, August 2, 2010
  16. ^ "Former UCLA star Tyus Edney to be assistant under Alford". Associated Press. April 21, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  17. ^ Bolch, Ben; Maddy, Eric (March 21, 2020). "Where are they now? A look at UCLA's 1995 NCAA men's basketball championship team". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  18. ^ UCLA Athletics [@UCLAAthletics] (August 3, 2019). "We are excited to have @TyusEdneyUCLA join us as @UclaVarsityClub Director of Engagement. Tyus will be a great ambassador for our former student-athletes while generating support for our current Bruins through @WoodenFund" (Tweet). Retrieved March 22, 2020 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ a b "Kenndi Edney". LSUSports.net. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  22. ^ a b Miller, Jonathan (October 1, 2005). "Tyus Edney". The American. Archived from the original on July 31, 2011.
  23. ^ Crouse, Karen (December 20, 1998). "Edney's net asset". Los Angeles Daily News. The timing was awkward, what with his wife Buffy just weeks away from delivering the couple's first child.
  24. ^ Warren, Tim (July 1, 2007). "Tyus takes Italy". UCLA Magazine. Archived from the original on August 18, 2016.

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