Mark Lyons had a solid career at a perennial basketball power and helped lead his team to the Sweet 16—last season. This season, he helped lead another basketball power, this time Arizona, to the Sweet 16.
Xavier may be the forgotten team in the Atlantic 10 but the Musketeers are much more capable than people realize.
Arizona will be the deepest team Sean Miller has had in his nine seasons as a head coach. The Wildcats have 10 legitimate candidates to start and won’t see much of a drop off when a reserve takes the floor.
UMass boasts one of the Atlantic 10’s best back courts with do-everything floor general Chaz Williams and Jesse Morgan, a burgeoning off guard who could be one of the league’s best defenders.
With Mark Lyons, Nick Johnson, Solomon Hill, and a healthy Kevin Parrom and Jordin Mayes, Arizona should have a much deeper and explosive perimeter than they did last season.
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For Miller and Lyons, the connection was instant. Miller recruited the talented guard when he was head coach at Xavier and he needed an elite-level player to lead his offense.
For a team that desperately needed a capable lead guard, getting Mark Lyons is like found money for Sean Miller and the Wildcats.