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Xavier transfer Mark Lyons commits to Arizona

May 6, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT


Xavier transfer Mark Lyons is officially headed to Arizona, he tweeted Sunday afternoon.

“Excited to be a wildcat!!!!!!!” the tweet reads.

Lyons left Xavier in April and it was rumored from the beginning that he could end up at Arizona.

Wildcat coach Sean Miller recruited Lyons while he was the head coach at Xavier, and Lyons will be able to play right away at Arizona, taking advantage of the NCAA’s one-year graduate transfer rule that allows players to play immediately at another institution as they pursue a graduate degree in a field not offered at their current school.

Lyons averaged 15.5 points and 3.4 rebounds this past season for the Musketeers as part of a strong backcourt that also included senior Tu Holloway.

The 6-1, 188-pound native of Schenectady, N.Y., fills a one-year need for Arizona, as they wait for Duquesne transfer TJ McConnell to become eligible.

Of the guards on the Arizona roster in 2011-12, point guard Josiah Turner transferred to Southern Methodist this off-season and Nick Johnson is more of a shooting guard than point guard.

Arizona is bringing in a Top 3 recruiting class in the country, in addition to Lyons, with the emphasis on size. Forwards Grant Jarrett, Matt Korcheck, and Brandon Ashley join center Kaleb Tarczewski in the frontcourt, and high-flying Gabe York comes in at the shooting guard position.

The Wildcats finished 23-12 this past season and lost in the first round of the NIT to Bucknell.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. imforbigblue - May 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    AZ sucks they get good players and do zero with them. Have fun playing in the NIT lol

  2. fnc111 - May 6, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Last I checked UofA was in the elite 8 two seasons ago. Shut up dope. AZ has a helluva climate and campus as well.

  3. chadinkc30 - May 6, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    The Pac 10 or 12 has been nothing short of pathetic the last few years in bball & football! Not to mention nobody watches any games outside of Pacific time zone.

  4. imforbigblue - May 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Lol just like a fan of a losing team….well three years ago we did this and that. Nobody gives a crap about what you did two years ago last year you sucked and your coach is waaaaay over rated!

    • wildcat728 - May 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Wow, really? So this is how Kentucky fans act when they get rejected? It must hurt bad. So sad that the reigning champs have you to represent them. I mean I know that your team really needed Lyons and all, but come on. So what will you say when Arizona wins the championship in the next couple years if not next year? What will you say when the NCAA strips you guys off this championship if they reveal some type of violation by Coach Cal’s staff? What will you say if your team goes to the NIT next season? Are you still upset about the NIT trip you guys had in 2009 when Gillispie nearly buried the team? Is that why you don’t think two or three years ago matter? Have you forgotten that its been 12 years since you won? You must still be upset about that ’97 game. I don’t blame you. Just like sore winners, only opening their big mouths when they win, and stay silent when they lose. If you want to talk big talk and cry out like this then don’t be hiding when your team has a down year. Really sad.

      • wildcat728 - May 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        Wow, I really sucked at math then. It’s been 16 years since you won. So sad still.

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