Mar 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Xavier Musketeers guard Mark Lyons (10) shoots against Baylor Bears forward Quincy Miller (30) during the second half in the semi-finals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men

Mark Lyons Transfers to Arizona

Mark Lyons has officially transferred to the Arizona Wildcats basketball team after weeks of speculation that he would do so.  After playing his first 3 seasons at the Xavier University he is taking his talents to the desert and it couldn’t come at a better time.

The Arizona Wildcats basketball team has an amazing recruiting class coming in next season, ranked by some as the #1 recruitng class in the nation.  The glaring hole on the team was the point guard position with the recent departure of Josiah Turner.  Nick Johnson and Jordin Mayes were going to have to split time at the point guard position but now they can play their more natural positions at combo guard. 

Lyons was originally recruited by Coach Miller and recruiting guru “Book” Richardson so he has ties to the Arizona offense and coaching staff.  This made his decision to commit to Arizona very easy and gives the Wildcats depth at every position.  This team is now prepared to make serious Final Four runs for the next 2 seasons plus. 

The Wildcats lineup is now stacked at every position for next year, here is what the team looks like:

PG:  Mark Lyons   Backup:  Jordin Mayes

SG:  Nick Johnson   Backup:  Gabe York

SF:  Solomon Hill   Backup:  Kevin Parrom

PF:  Brandon Ashley   Backup:  Grant Jarrett

C:  Kaleb Tarczewski   Backup:  Angelo Chol

I have no idea what the lineup will look like but the point is the team goes 10 deep with very legitimate players at every position.

The biggest reason why this transfer is a big addition to the team is that Lyons can score.  With his addition the team does not have to look for the production that we lose from Kyle Fogg’s departure.  Lyons should step in and fill Fogg’s role perfectly because he can score but the bonus is that he will be asked to distribute the ball to the big men.  Now, the team essentially needs to fill the scoring loss from Lavender’s and Perry’s departure.  That production is a little easier to fill because of the bodies we have coming in. 

No matter how you look at it the Wildcats needed this transfer and Coach Miller looks like a genius once again.  Lyon’s puts the team in rare form for our recent seasons.  We should be deservedly ranked in the top 25 and have legitimate aspirations for a deep tournament run.  It feels good to say that after what the Wildcats have endured for the past few years.  Let’s just hope that the talent follows the hype.

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