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Chomping At Bits: Alex Tyus Prepping For NBA Draft, Ian Lockwood Honored

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Tyus writing "draft diary": Alex Tyus is preparing for the 2011 NBA Draft and has been fairly vocal about it on Twitter, so I'm interested to read his draft diaries for The Hoops Report. And if you haven't read UF student David Gardner's story on Tyus and his wife, Alli, you probably should.

Tyus isn't in ESPN's Chad Ford's top 100 NBA Draft prospects (neither are Chandler Parsons or Vernon Macklin, for that matter), and it's likely that Tyus' professional basketball career will at least begin overseas. But Tyus is a good guy, and finished an occasionally disappointing career as a Gator with two of the better games played by a Florida big man since the days of Joakim Noah and Al Horford. I wish him the best.

Ian Lockwood honored: After Florida softball's walk-off win over Alabama on Saturday, the family of Ian Lockwood, a young cancer patient who became a beloved part of the extended Florida athletics family while staying at Shands Children's Hospital, was presented with a jersey in his name. A number of current and former Gators also participated in the Swingin' for a Cure Home Run Derby to raise money for the Shands Brain Tumor Research Department: Shane Matthews won, but no one got the ball out of the infield.

Lockwood died on January 28, 2011, after a new brain tumor flared up last fall. He was presented with the game ball from Florida's Outback Bowl victory over Penn State just weeks before.