Tyrell Terry, the No. 31 overall pick of the 2020 draft, has announced his retirement from basketball in an Instagram post.
“While I have achieved amazing accomplishments, created unforgettable memories, and made lifelong friends…I’ve also experienced the darkest times of my life,” the 22-year-old wrote as part of his explanation. “To the point where instead of building me up, it began to destroy me.”
Terry, who is 22 years old, went on to cite severe anxiety and the fact that he had “fallen out of love” with the sport.
“To most, I will be forever known as a bust, a failure, or a waste of talent,” he continued. “While those may be true when it comes to basketball, it is the biggest failures in life that lead to the greatest success. There is more for me out in this vast world and I am extremely excited to be able to explore that. And for the first time, to be able to find my identity outside of being a basketball player.
“I am eternally grateful to those who have believed in me and apologize to those that I have let down. But I’m headed down a different path now, one that will hopefully lead to happiness and being able to love myself again.”
Terry played one season of college ball at Stanford prior to being drafted, averaging 14.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.2 APG and 1.4 SPG on .441/.408/.891 shooting in 31 games (32.6 MPG). Scouts viewed him as one of the best shooters in his draft class, but had reservations about his slender frame and defense.
The 6’2″ guard was then selected with the first pick of the second round by the Mavericks. He only suited up for 11 games as a rookie in 2020/21, and was out for an extended period due to personal reasons.
Dallas waived Terry before last season started despite the fact that he had a good chunk of guaranteed money ($3.3MM) left on his contract. He later caught on with Memphis on a two-way deal, but only appeared in two games for the Grizzlies. He also played in 29 NBA G League games with the Memphis Hustle from 2020-22.
Hopefully Terry is able to find some joy again, as continuing his basketball career clearly was not in his best interest. We at Hoops Rumors wish him well going forward.
13 thoughts on “2020 Second-Round Pick Tyrell Terry Retires”
Best of luck in life
That is sad. Wish him well. Hope he finds his way in life. Which is far more important than basketball.
Why is basketball more important than life?? Aren’t they the same thing?? Would life meam anything, without the things that make up said life?? Such as basketball??
One of the laziest, dumbest cliches out there by far. Sports are life. Life is sports. One is not more important than the other. Spoiler alert: you die one day. Life is mortal, and so are sports.
No dude, basketball is not the same as life.
Sports are not life. Life is not sports.
Are you a real person?
I don’t know of any knowledgeable basketball person who thinks of him as a bust… not many (if any) 2nd round busts. Plenty may think he should’ve stayed in school another year or two.
Kid does have some ability. A few months of tearing it up at Lifetime Fitness will have him ready to go again. Good luck to him!!!
I think the point is that he’s not going to get “ready to go again”.
He’s 22… barring catastrophe, he’ll go again.
Pretty easy call, really.
Best of luck man
You guys that hate on these nba players & spend so much energy being as negative and disrespectful as possible towards these guys should count this a win I guess… I also wish him the best of luck, well wishing him all the best
of luck and good tidings in his further endeavors, wishing him well wishes all the live long day… unless he decides to come back ofc, then he’s a trash bust loser cancer… but until then the wellest of wishes
His basketball career seemed destined from the start to be a casualty of one and done, but he doesn’t have to join it. It appears like he’s realizes that. At 22, with some means, he can do whatever he wants.
well he aint dumb. got accepted to stanford. probably could go back.