Tyler Amaya’s basketball journey began on the courts of Hillcrest Park in Mount Vernon, Wa., where he spent countless hours working on his game and dreaming of playing across the globe with and against the world’s best. His first experience playing organized basketball started in 6th grade for Mount Vernon AAU, compiling an 87 - 13 record in 3 years. What followed was a high school varsity record of 77 - 4 that began with a backboard-shattering, buzzer-beating alley oop dunk as a sophomore, finishing as the 2001 State Tournament MVP during an undefeated senior season (27-0). After high school Tyler made collegiate stops at Gonzaga (D1), Dixie State (then JUCO), and Western Washington University (D2), winning 7 straight league championships spanning each varsity season in high school and once at each college.

After college Tyler went on to play professionally abroad, having his passport stamped in Bahrain, Germany, Kuwait, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Taiwan, Tunisia, and most recently on tour with NBA Hall-of-Famer Tracy McGrady in China. In between stints overseas, he played for minor league team The Bellingham Slam, eventually taking on role of player/head coach. When the team won their first IBL title in 2008, Amaya was named Co-MVP. By 2014, he was the only player in minor league basketball history to win separate championships as a player, assistant coach and head coach. 

Amaya has coached at the youth, high school, collegiate and professional level and continues to compete in the Seattle Pro-Am summer league. He recently finished his degree/certification in Physical Education and Health at Western Washington University, and conducts skill training sessions throughout the year.

Professional highlights

  • Played professionally on 5 continents 
  • Scored career-high 50 points in Saudi Arabia
  • Scored 37 points in the 2nd half vs. Iranian National Team at FIBA Asia Cup Tournament
  • Toured China with NBA Hall-of-Famer Tracy McGrady
  • Competes in Seattle Pro-Am with various NBA/Overseas professionals including:
    • Jamal Crawford, Paul George, Isaiah Thomas, etc.

COLLEGE highlights

  • Played at Gonzaga 2001-03, winning two league championships
  • Played at Dixie State 2003-04, winning league championship
  • Played at Western Washington University 2004-06, winning league championship
  • GNAC Newcomer-of-the-Year
  • GNAC Honorable Mention All-League
  • Scored 20 points in the final 2:08 of 1-point loss at Northwest Nazarene

HIGH SCHOOL & AAU highlightS

  • 2001 3A State Champs (27-0)
  • 2001 State Tournament MVP
  • 77-4 Varsity Record, Mount Vernon High School
  • Rivals.com National Player of the Week
  • Gonzaga Team Camp Dunk Contest Champ (2000 & 2001)
  • 87-13 AAU Record, Mount Vernon AAU (6th, 7th & 8th grade)