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Tyus Edney
Nickname Coast To Coast/Road Runner
Position Point guard
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Team Turów Zgorzelec
Born February 14, 1973 (1973-02-14) (age 36)
Gardena, California
Nationality American
College UCLA
Draft 2nd round, 47th overall, 1995
Sacramento Kings
Pro career 1995–present
Former teams Sacramento Kings (1995–97)
Boston Celtics (1997–98)
Žalgiris (1998–99)
Benetton Treviso (1999–00; 2001–04)
Indiana Pacers (2000–01)
Lottomatica Roma (2004–05)
Olympiacos (2005–06)
Climamio Bologna (2006–07)
Azovmash Mariupol (2007–08)
Cajasol Sevilla (2008)
Awards Euroleague Champion 1999
Euroleague Final Four MVP 1999
LKL Champion 1999
All-Euroleague First Team 2002, 2003
Italian Supercup MVP 2001, 2002
Italian Cup MVP 2003

Tyus Dwayne Edney (born February 14, 1973 in Gardena, California) is an American 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 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 one of the most famous plays in Tournament history.


College career

In his senior season, Edney set several personal bests such as total points (456), points per game (14.3), steals (74), and assists (216).


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 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 Edney, who avoided the pressure with a behind-the-back dribble. After Edney reached the Missouri key, 6'8" 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. UCLA won the game 75-74.[2]

Two games later against the Connecticut Huskies, Edney had another chance at a full court run before the half, and drained a 25-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, thereby making Edney's shot against Missouri that much more memorable.

On October 9, 2009, Edney was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.

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 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 2002 and 2003, 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.[3]

See also


  1. ^ NBA players list.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Official info (30th January 2009)

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