Salmons, Tyler Selected In USBL Draft

April 10, 2002

Coral Gables, FL ( – University of Miami seniors John Salmons (Philadelphia, PA) and Elton Tyler (Dorchester, MA) were both selected in the 2002 United States Basketball Association draft on Wednesday.

Tyler (6-9, 236) was selected by the Brevard Blue Ducks with the 15th overall pick, while Salmons (6-7, 210) was taken by the Florida Sea Dragons with the 35th overall pick.

Salmons, a second-team All-BIG EAST selection, averaged 13.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game this season. He played in a UM record 124 games during his career and is the only player in UM history to surpass 1,000 career points (1,287), 600 rebounds (687), 400 assists (433) and 150 steals (192).

Tyler, the only Hurricane to compete in four NCAA Tournaments, averaged 11.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks last season. He recorded 20 double-figure scoring games including a 30-point performance versus Pittsburgh in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship. Tyler connected a team-best 58 percent (149-257) from the field last season.

The two seniors led Miami to a 24-8 record and the school’s fourth NCAA tournament berth in the last five seasons. Miami’s 24 wins were the most in school-history.