Xavier guard Mark Lyons has become a hot topic in the relatively quiet world of college basketball, as the star combo guard will transfer to a new school. The three teams he could go to are Arizona, Kansas, and Kentucky, and Lyons is currently in the process of setting up campus visits.
The front-runner for Lyons is clearly Arizona, mainly because he fits their best. Kansas already has Elijah Johnson running the show at point guard next year, and Mark Lyons wants to play the point even if he’s better off as a 2. Arizona is also the best bet, because coach Sean Miller was the man who originally recruited Lyons to Xavier. By the way, one of his reasons for requesting a transfer is his troubles with Musketeers coach Chris Mack.
However, Lyons stated that the fact that Miller originally recruited him has not made him the front-runner. So Kentucky fans- and the Kansas fans who want Lyons- shouldn’t worry about the Miller factor.
Here is what the great Andy Katz of ESPN had to say about the Mark Lyons situation as it relates to Coach Mack and the team, “Xavier coach Chris Mack won’t say anything more about Mark Lyons. They excelled to get to the Sweet 16 in Atlanta. But the time was now to sever the relationships from last season’s team. Xavier is too proud, too strong a program to be tainted by that one incident; having a fresh start with the main combatants gone allows for a new era.”
Last season, he broke out with a career-high 18.5 PER, finished with a terrific 49.5 eFG%, and he averaged 15.1 points per game. Lyons is currently studying for finals this week, as he is looking to finish up his undergrad degree.
This is key, because Mark Lyons will not be eligible to play this season if he doesn’t graduate and will have to wait a year. That’s a huge motive to graduate, and we’ll see when he visits the three schools. Things are wide open right now, and here’s my question to you readers: Does Mark Lyons fit in with the Kansas Jayhawks?
Leave your answers in the comments section and let’s get some good basketball talk rolling.