Alex Tyus Makes Decision

Alex Tyus (, No. 45) came out to ABCD with something to prove. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward nearly didn't participate because of a fractured finger, but he knew that only way to get an elusive scholarship offer was to fare well - and that's just what he did.

Alex Tyus celebrated being a Gator by going to Pirates of the Caribbean.

The ultra-athletic forward was impressive enough at the ABCD Camp this past week to earn a scholarship offer from Billy Donovan and the 6-foot-8, 210-pound Harmony Prep (Ohio) rising senior wasted little time making a decision.

``It's a relief," Tyus said. "It's exiting – a great feeling right now."

Tyus performed well for the second consecutive year at ABCD, finishing 10th in the camp in scoring (12.3 points per game) and also grabbing 4.4 boards per contest. He's active on the glass, runs the court extremely well and has the length to become a mismatch for opponents.

Tyus, who also considered Illinois when it came to the final decision, is a combo forward whose game was compared to Duke-bound Lance Thomas in terms of the energy level that both perform.

Tyus transferred from Hazelwood Central (Mo.) and his recruitment really started to pick up steam last summer. He averaged 20 points per game last season at Harmony.

``I've always been a Gator fan growing up," Tyus said. "I always saw myself playing for Florida. It was always my dream school. I'm excited and happy it worked out."

Tyus said he almost didn't play at ABCD because of a fracture to a finger on his left hand, but he felt he needed to show Donovan that he was good enough to play in Gainesville.

``I almost didn't go," he said. "But I felt I had something to prove and I knew he wanted to see me play."

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