Mark Lyons on List of Bob Cousy Award Nominees

Mark Lyons, who once played for Schenectady High and then Brewster Academy, is now playing college basketball for Arizona, a nationally ranked team.  Before landing at Arizona, he played for Xavier.  Lyons has been nominated by the Naismith Memorial Basketball  Hall of Fame for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.  The award recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball.  There are more than 80 candidates.  Mike Black of UAlbany is also among those 80 players competing for the illustrious award.  In a December game against number five ranked Florida, Lyons hit the winning  shot.  Not a pure point guard, Lyons has performed very well at that position for coach Sean Miller.  At this junture in the season, Lyons has led Arizona to an 8-0 record and a number eight ranking.  With the win over Florida, they were likely to move up.  Lyons enjoyed a great amount of success at Xavier, scoring 1,000 points and making three NCAA appearances.  He is the first player to graduate from a four-year school and transfer into the Arizona program.  I believe is was mutually agreed to by Xavier and Lyons that both would be better off if he departed and moved on to another school.  Before he decided on Arizona, Lyons was being courted by Kentucky and Kansas, two other high profile schools.

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