Wichita State guard Tyson Etienne shares how he taps into the zone

Tyson Etienne

Tyson Etienne took his game to another level last season at Wichita State. The 6’2 guard went from averaging nine points his freshman year to over 17 points per game in his second season.

He was named the AAC Co-Player of the Year and is currently declared for the 2021 NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility.

Tyson takes pride in is his routine and rituals, which he spoke more about on Holistic Talks: Tapping Into The Zone.

Specifically, he practices consistent meditation and mindfulness. He talks about the “comfort space” he looks to reach before games.

On how he got started meditating:

I was really trying to find something that I could anchor myself to. My faith is big in who I am but, I just needed to develop routines that kept me in rhythm; that kept me secure and safe and I just learned and started researching on the habits of billionaires and what they did and I tried to find themes and meditation was a common thread.

Tyson on what being in the zone means to him:

The zone for me is a knowing. It’s a feeling, it’s a rhythm. It’s like when your favorite song comes on. You’re not thinking about what the next word is, you KNOW what the next word is! You’re in that moment every verse, every word you KNOW what it is!

With a strong feel and pursuit of his purpose, Tyson knows that his mindfulness practice has had an impact on those around him, especially his teammates.

I’m just doing things to get myself better and put myself in position to achieve the intentions that I have but my intentions in this game will bring me a lot of financial success but, that’s not my purpose.

Describing self-care as an intrinsic process, it’s become something that helps Etienne tap into the zone and perform at the level he’s reached.

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