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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Former Jayhawk Tyler Self named general manager of NBA G League’s Austin Spurs

Kansas guard Tyler Self (20) smiles as he listens to his dad talk about him during the Senior Night speeches following the JayhawksÕ 73-63, comeback win over Oklahoma.

Kansas guard Tyler Self (20) smiles as he listens to his dad talk about him during the Senior Night speeches following the JayhawksÕ 73-63, comeback win over Oklahoma.

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Already well into his career as a professional basketball administrator, former Kansas basketball walk-on Tyler Self, the son of KU head coach Bill Self, on Tuesday was named the general manager of the NBA G League’s Austin Spurs.

The announcement was made via press release and included the news that the Austin Spurs had named Matt Nielsen its new head coach.

Tyler Self, who played at KU from 2012-17, takes over the top spot after serving as Austin’s assistant general manager during the 2019-20 season. He replaces Landry Fields, who left for a job in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks organization.

Prior to that, the younger Self, who turned 27 last week, started with the Spurs organization in the summer of 2017, serving first as a quality assurance assistant with San Antonio's basketball operations department.

He graduated from KU in 2016 with a degree in sports management.

After finishing his master's degree in business administration, Tyler Self said in 2017 that getting involved with the management side of basketball was where his heart was taking him.

“I’m not gonna be picky about what I want to do or what they ask me to do, but coming into it I definitely think that more management stuff is something I want to do long term,” he told the Journal-World that summer. “But I also would have no problem being on the court more and interacting with players, too. I kind of feel like that’s something I know better as of now. But whatever happens, happens, and I’m just really thankful and looking forward to the opportunity.”

Comments

Dane Pratt 2 weeks, 2 days ago

If the old man is ever in dire need of a coaching gig he can hit up his son for a job.

Benjamin Shear 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Tyler got his degree and masters, that's great! But I do wonder how much having his Dad's connections landed him that job. That's not even a bad thing necessarily, that's just how the world works.. His Dad's name/connections may have helped him get the job, but he will have to be the one to keep it. I have no reason to doubt that he can do the job and do it well.

Dirk Medema 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Ben - Lots of examples of connections available to anyone associated with the program. Guessing he learned plenty being on and around the team even more than getting multiple degrees at KU.

At $5M/yr for a decade (?), Coach will be free to do what ever he wants when he decides to stop coaching. He’d make a great commentator for games.

Congratulations Tyler.

Armen Kurdian 1 week, 6 days ago

Glad Tyler is cutting his teeth. Always good to see successful Jayhawks wherever they may be.

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