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Wednesday / June 23.
  • Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky After Lyons

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    Arizona, Kansas and Kentucky are among the schools pursuing Xavier guard Mark Lyons, according to Brewster (N.H.) Academy coach Jason Smith.

    “Brewster alum Mark Lyons ’08 to graduate from #Xavier this spring and transfer to another #NCAA D1 program for final year of eligibility,” Smith wrote on his Facebook page. “#Arizona #Kansas #Kentucky have all expressed serious interest.”

    Smith told SNY.tv by text that no visits have yet been set.

    “Still very preliminary interest from a few schools,” he said.

    A 6-foot-1 native of Albany, Lyons averaged 15.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season at Xavier.

    Later in the day, Xavier officially announced that Lyons had departed the program.

    “After our end of the season meeting with Mark it became apparent that a change for both parties was the right thing moving forward,” Xavier coach Chris Mack said. “During our meeting expectations were outlined for his fifth and final season, areas in which I believe needed improvement. Mark did not recognize these expectations as being important and ultimately it was decided that a change of scenery would be in his best interest. I wish Mark well.”



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.