UCLA Head Men's Basketball Coach Ben Howland announced today the hiring of Bruin standout Tyus Edney to the post of Men's Basketball Director of Operations effective immediately.
"I'm really excited that Tyus is joining our staff and returning to the UCLA men's basketball program," Howland said. "He's a Bruin through and through having graduated from UCLA and brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to the program. I feel our student-athletes will benefit greatly from dealing with Tyus on a daily basis because he has experienced the things they will experience here at UCLA."
A three-year starter at the point for UCLA, Edney led the 1995 Bruins to the school's 11th NCAA national title. He was brilliant during the NCAA Tournament where he was named the Most Outstanding Player in the West Regional, earning a spot in NCAA Tournament lore after his full-court dash with 4.8 seconds left to score the game-winning layup against Missouri. The basket gave the Bruins a 75-74 victory and propelled the No. 1 seed into the Sweet 16.
Edney still ranks on six career leaders charts at UCLA, ranking second in assists (652, 5.2 apg), third in steals (224, 1.8 spg), third in free throws made (450), seventh in free throws attempted (559), ninth in free throw percentage (.805, 450-559) and 20th in scoring with 1,515 points (12.1 ppg). A three-time first team All-Pac-10 selection (1993-95), Edney still owns the UCLA single-game record for steals with 11 against George Mason on Dec. 22, 1994. Edney garnered the 1995 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, given annually to the nation's best player six-feet and under.
"He's had an illustrious professional career both in the NBA and overseas," Howland added. "I'm very excited that he's back home."
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 (1995-97). He spent two more seasons in the NBA, with the Boston Celtics in 1997-98 and with the Indiana Pacers in 2000-01. Between those seasons he played for Euroleague winner BC Žalgiris 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).
Following his departure from the NBA in 2001, Edney played for several European teams, including another stint with Benetton Treviso (2001-04, won the Italian league in 2002 and 2003, Italian Cup in 2003 and 2004 and Italian Supercup in 2002 and 2003, played in the Euroleague final in 2003). He played for Lottomatica Virtus Roma in Italy in 2004-05 and then moved to Greece to play for Olympiacos in 2005-06. In the 2006-07 season, he returned to Italy to play for Fortitudo Bologna. He started the 2008-09 season with Cajasol Sevilla in Spain and then (January 2009) moved to Turów Zgorzelec where he ended his playing career.
"I'm really excited because this is something that I've always wanted to do," Edney said. "I'm very fortunate to be ending my pro career now with this opportunity presenting itself. I'm thankful that Coach Howland gave me this opportunity and has the confidence that I can bring something new and exciting to this great program."