Former UCLA standout Edney lends assist to Dominguez HS
Former UCLA standout Tyus Edney returned from Euro League to help consult an inner city team in need of reestablishing their program. Edney, born in Compton, decided to make his first transitional assignment out of pro basketball to serve as basketball consultant at Dominguez High School.
Over the past year, the school has suffered a lot of media attention surrounding their former coach Russell Otis, who has been charged with stealing $15,000 in school funds and making sexual advances on a former player
“I just want to be able to give back to young people by teaching the core fundamentals of basketball and reminding our players about the importance of student athletes and not athlete students,” says Edney. “The need to know that an education is so important to their foundation of being a great athlete, especially if they want to play at the next level.”
Edney has become a legend by being the key force to UCLA’s 1995 NCAA title when he sprinted down the court in 4.8 seconds dribbling behind the back and stretching his 5’10 frame over guys twice his size, laying up a basket for a win over Missouri. This play is labeled as one of the most famous plays in Tournament history and keyed the Bruins to their 11th National Championship.
A standout from 1991-1995. Edney was a three-time All Pac-10 performer and was named the winner of the 1995 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation’s best player under six feet. He was twice named team MVP (1993, 1995 Co-MVP with Ed O’Bannon), 1995 Outstanding Defensive Player and 1992 Most Valuable Freshman Player.
He remains on many of the Bruin career lists, including scoring (1515 points, 18th all-time), free throw percentage (80.5%, 9th), free throws made (450, 3rd), assists (652, 2nd), and steals (224, 2nd). Edney set a UCLA record with 11 steals in a game in 1995 and ranks in the top three on the UCLA single season record lists in assists, steals and minutes played. Edney was then selected by Sacramento Kings in the second round with the 47th overall pick for the NBA draft. He played in the NBA for four years, averaging 7.6 points per game and 4.0 assists and played in the 1996 Rookie All-Star game.
He was a member of the 1998-99 Lithuanian National Champions, MVP 1999-2000 for Benetton Treviso and the 2002 and 2003 Italian Champions. He was named All-Euro League 1st team in 2002 and 2003 and was the 2003 Italian Cup Finals MVP. Edney was recently inducted in UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.
After Otis was dismissed in 2008, Dominguez still had a successful season under interim coach Duane Cooper, reaching the Southern California regional tournament. But during the summer, Cooper was let go by the school and several key players transferred.
Jordan Littlejohn, a former AAU coach and girls varsity basketball coach at Locke High School was named as the school’s new coach in July.