Tyler Chaney
Tyler Chaney


Neosho, Mo.

High School:
Neosho High

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 205


At Missouri State

Tyler Chaney enters his senior season as one of the most valuable members of the Missouri State ballclub because he can do so many things to help his basketball team win. Chaney's size and strength frequently give him mismatches over opponents are both ends of the court and he can score, rebound, defend and run the ballclub. Chaney's numbers made notable gains from his freshman season to his sophomore year and he held those gains as a junior. Chaney was the only member of the Bears' playing rotation not to start any games his first year at Missouri State but he came back to start all 30 MSU games his sophomore year and had 18 starts in 2005-06 as a junior. Chaney will be a Bears' co-captain and bids to be one of three players who'll be four-year lettermen.


From a shooting standpoint, Chaney didn't have the year last year he had had as a sophomore. He finished below .350 from the field and below .300 from three-point range but had some key offensive performances position makes him tough to handle on both ends of the floor. He scored in double figures in the Bears' first five games, topped by a 23-point burst that carried the Bears to a big victory at Oral Roberts. He then hit for twin digits just nine of the last 26 games of the year. Chaney wound up leading the Bears in assists and was second on the team in minutes played. Chaney had five or more rebounds in nine ballgames.


Chaney was in the starting lineup from the start for the Bears last season and provided quiet leadership in the backcourt all year. He missed two games with a minor injury but started the other 30 and was second to Anthony Shavies in minutes played. Chaney was below .400 from the field but hit nearly 80 percent from the foul line and was fourth on the club in rebounding. He was also second to Shavies in assists. Chaney led the Bears in scoring in six games with 13 games in which he scored in double figures. His top point outings were 17 at Oklahoma and at home against Bradley and he scored 16 vs. UNI in the league tourney and added 15 in two other games. Chaney led the Bears in rebounding four times with eight boards against UALR and seven in each of four other games. He also led the team in assists in 10 contests. Chaney handed out nine assists in the Bears' home win over Evansville and the NIT victory over Rice.


Chaney made steady development his first season with the Bears. He got limited minutes early but began to assert himself on both ends of the court and made key contributions to several wins. Chaney had no starts but had double-digit minutes in nine of 18 games. He had a trio of double-figure scoring games, with 12 vs. Drake and Illinois State and 11 vs. Evansville.


Chaney came to MSU from Neosho High, where he led the Wildcats to a 71-12 record in three years. The Wildcats won three Southwest Conference championships with a state quarterfinal trip in his junior season. Chaney won two first-team all-state selections and three all-conference, all-area and all-district nods. He averaged 17.6 points and 6.6 rebounds a game his senior year for coach Denny Chenowith. As a junior Chaney averaged 16.8 points and 7.2 rebounds. He was named 2000 Missouri Valley AAU Player of the Year and led his AAU team to second place in the national tournament. Chaney was the MVP in the St. John's Midwest Sports Medicine Missouri All-Star Game in 2003 with 20 points and six rebounds. Chaney also lettered in football for NHS.


Tyler Chaney was born August 14, 1984, in Carthage, Missouri, the son of Theron and Sherry Chaney. Tyler has an academic major of hospitality/restaurant administration at Missouri State.

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