Tyler Lydon is ready to move on to the next phase of his career.
Today, the leading scorer of the Syracuse Orange announced that he will be forgoing the remainder of his amateur status and attempt to launch a career at the professional level. The decision has been met with mixed reactions, and it remains unclear where Lydon might be taken when the day of the draft arrives.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports was first to pass along the news.
Syracuse's Tyler Lydon will sign with an agent and enter the 2017 NBA Draft, per multiple sources.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 20, 2017
Lydon shows significant improvement playing under coach Boeheim in two years at Syracuse. His average of 10.1 ppg and 6.3 rebounds per game as a freshman were both improved upon significantly as a sophomore; 13.2 and 8.6, respectively.
Lydon played a key role in the Syracuse that made it deep into the Final Four last year, but was unable to replicate his impact on the team when he became the focal point of the offense. While his numbers improved significantly, Syracuse failed to make the tournament at all this year. The 6 foot 9 inch forward is a coverage nightmare for opposing defenses with his ability to shoot the ball from beyond the arc.
Some expect Lydon to slip into the end of the first round, possibly the second round. He is a potential high-value pick for an organization who has the time and is willing to be patient with Lydon’s adjustment to the pro game.
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