Mar 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Xavier Musketeers guard Mark Lyons (10) shoots against Baylor Bears forward Quincy Acy (4) during the first half in the semi-finals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men

Mark Lyons could transfer to Kansas

Xavier combo guard Mark Lyons is adamant that he can play the point, and he is looking to transfer to a new team. Lyons and Xavier coach Chris Mack are not on the best terms, and it is best for both sides to part at this time.

Two teams that could land the talented PG are the Arizona Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks, with UA and Mark Lyons sharing a common link; coach Sean Miller. One of the greatest recruiters in college basketball, Miller brought Lyons over to Xavier and could reunite with him in ‘Zona.

The Kansas Jayhawks could also land Lyons, which would be huge given the departure of star and emotional leader Tyshawn Taylor. The clutch point guard will try his luck in the NBA Draft and is viewed as a high second-rounder by most scouts, but he could get into the late first round.

In any case, the Jayhawks could use a top-tier point guard, and Mark Lyons provides just that.

Last season, Lyons appeared in 34 games for the Musketeers and played 1,086 minutes in total. He finished with an 18.5 PER and was the team’s second best player. He had a 53.6 TS% and was an accurate shooter and took quite a bit of shots, and his skills don’t translate to the point guard position.

Although Mark Lyons wishes to be a PG, he needs to step up his game defensively and cut down on some of his shots. He’s one of the better players in the country and took a big jump after a weak 2010 season, but Lyons has a ways to go before he can succeed at the point guard position under Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks.

That said, KU could use him. He can become at least a decent PG, because his floor at the position is being average. He will most likely go to Arizona, but there is a good chance that Lyons ends up choosing Kansas out of the teams that are rumored to nab him. The others are UCLA, Syracuse (not as likely), and Kentucky (good landing spot). As far as eligibility goes, Lyons will be able to play immediately if he finishes his undergrad degree next month.


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  • OddsRAgainstMe

    The only problem is that Senior to be Elijah Johnson is figured to be the main guy running the point. Both he and Lyons will be seniors next season. Yes, having both in the backcourt could be scary, but Lyons already has experience sharing PG duties with another player at Xavier. The feeling here is that both will want to be the main guy in order to boost their NBA stock. That could hurt team chemistry. This has nothing to do with team basketball or whatnot. It has everything to do with two young lives trying to improve themselves in order to secure their future. If one had one more year of eligibility than the other, or if one was for sure that they could make it in the NBA as a 2 guard, then a backcourt of Lyons and Johnson could happen, but since this is not the case then it most likely won’t. Arizona has the edge on this situation so I would look for him to go there. Kentucky, if they still want him, has the next best chance after Zona. He is a high risk to take and I believe only Zona would be hurting if he doesn’t work out, but he is a risk worth taking.