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.