Former Cowley standout Tyrus McGee to play for the AfterShocks in The Basketball Tournament

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Former Cowley College stand-out Tyrus McGee playing in the FIBA league

The Wichita State University alumni team, the AfterShocks, are preparing to participate in The Basketball Tournament (TBT), which is an open-application, single-elimination tournament played each summer in the United States.

Looking to fill out its roster, the AfterShocks reached out to former Cowley College and Iowa State University sharp-shooter Tyrus McGee.

McGee has spent the past decade playing professional basketball overseas. He had his most successful season this past year while playing in Israel. He averaged 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 44.3 percent from three-point range.

“This was a special year,” McGee said. “My coach gave me the green light to shoot the ball. I played point guard and we made history for the club by making it to their first-ever European playoffs.”

The TBT will be made up of five regions and 64 teams competing for the winner take all $1 million prize. Wichita’s Charles Koch Arena will serve as the home for the TBT Regional July 16-20.

“We hope to have a home-court advantage,” McGee said. “The expectations are high and I am ready to play.”

McGee, who was a back-to-back All-American and First-Team All-Region VI selection, and the Most Valuable Player in the Jayhawk East, helped Cowley to 46 wins and a record of 28-8 in the conference during his two years at the school.

As a sophomore, McGee led the region in three-pointers made (115) and three-point field goal percentage (.487). He averaged 20.1 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Tigers. He also shot 85.6 percent from the free-throw line and led the team with 71 steals.

The 6-foot-2 guard from Stringtown, OK, finished his Tiger career as the third-leading scorer in school history (1,194 points) and his 662 points during the 2010-2011 season were the eighth-most in a single season.

McGee went on to play basketball at Iowa State University where he was named an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection and Big 12 Sixth Man Award winner as a senior. He averaged 13.1 points and scored in double figures 26 times to tie for the team lead.

He also led the nation in 3-point percentage (46.4 %), becoming the first Cyclone to lead the nation in a statistical category.

Tickets for the TBT Regional in Wichita are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased through the Shocker Ticket Office at 316-978-3267.

The AfterShocks are the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will open against No. 15-seed Ex-Pats made up of former players from the Patriot League. The opener will be played Friday at 8 p.m.

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Other former Shockers on the roster are, Rashard Kelly, Marcus McDuffie, Darral Willis Jr., and Samajae Haynes-Jones. The AfterShocks’ general manager is former Shocker Ron Baker.

McGee, who will spend the upcoming season playing professional basketball in Spain, enjoyed saying hello to old friends while visiting Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City on Monday.

“Cowley is very special to me and I am happy coach (Donnie) Jackson got the job following coach (Tommy) DeSalme,” said McGee.