Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Xavier transfer to set campus visits


College basketball notebook. ...

Former Xavier University point guard Mark Lyons, who recently said he will transfer to Kansas University, Arizona or Kentucky, is concentrating on final exams this week as he completes work on his undergraduate degree.

If the 6-foot-1 junior graduates, he’ll be free to play at any college next season. If not, he’ll have to sit out a season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.

Lyons told he’s in the process of setting up campus visits.

“I’m going into this with open eyes and see what the programs provide and see what they’ve got,” Lyons said.

Lyons, who averaged 15.1 points and 2.8 assists per game last season, was initially recruited to Xavier by current Arizona coach Sean Miller. He said that did not make U of A the leader.

“I’m gonna do whatever my team (needs) me to do,” Lyons told Zagsblog. “Provide energy, get everybody involved and play defense.”

Lyons was suspended two games last season for his role in a brawl in a game against Cincinnati.

“Xavier coach Chris Mack won’t say anything more about Mark Lyons,” ESPN’s Andy Katz wrote Thursday. “But the Musketeers did need to move on from this crew. They excelled to get to the Sweet 16 in Atlanta. But the time was now to sever the relationships from last season’s team. Xavier is too proud, too strong a program to be tainted by that one incident; having a fresh start with the main combatants gone allows for a new era.”

Turner to SMU?: New SMU coach Larry Brown is about to land high-profile transfer Josiah Turner, Zagsblog reports.

“Josiah will land at SMU as long as the recent arrest (suspicion of DUI) doesn’t turn coach Brown and others off at the University,” a source told Turner, who chose Arizona over KU and others, was suspended two times last season for violations of team rules.

He did not make his visit to St. John’s last weekend as originally planned.’s Jeff Goodman says Turner will visit SMU on Wednesday.

Harris to visit KU, Florida: Damontre Harris, a 6-9, 215-pound sophomore who has said he will transfer from South Carolina to KU, Florida, VCU or Marquette, told the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer he plans to visit KU and Florida in coming weeks.

However, according to Carey Rich of, Harris may be reconsidering his decision to leave SC and may play for former Kansas State coach Frank Martin after all. Harris averaged 6.8 points and 5.5 boards per game a year ago.

Barnstorming: KU basketball’s annual Barnstorming Tour continues, with exhibition games at Humboldt High on Friday (6 p.m. autographs, game to follow), Pratt High (5 p.m., autographs) on Saturday and Colby High (3 p.m., autographs) on Sunday.

There will be a final Barnstorming game held on May 12 at a yet-to-be-determined time and place — somewhere in the Kansas City area. KU senior Tyshawn Taylor will join seniors Jordan Juenemann and Conner Teahan in that final game. He’s preparing for the NBA Draft and will not be playing this weekend.


Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

What type of player does Self want? (At combo guard)-->He wants a guard who is physical and can defend and distribute & rare turnovers (like Russell Robinson), and can also penetrate and finish at or above the rim (like Tyshawn Taylor). Combine all that into 1 player, and that=the ideal Self combo guard. He had such a guy at Illinois. He may have 1 in EJ...Now looking for the next such guy.


JayHawkFanToo 1 year, 11 months ago

My question is: Is this the type of players HCBS wants?

Does HCBS ever hand the "keys to the car" to anyone? Do we want a player that comes because is the better "business decision"? At 6'1" Lyons can only play PG in the NBA. He is looking for a place where he can "play a major role," i.e. run the show, get extensive playing time, and showcase his talent for NBA scouts. I don't believe KU is that place.


KUDUDE 1 year, 11 months ago



Tony Bandle 1 year, 11 months ago

Next question..if the world was going to explode unless you ate one of these two foods, which would you eat;

Pickled beets with head cheese or kidney pie with brussel sprouts??


Tony Bandle 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks, everyone.....outstanding responses by all. No doubt in my mind that this site and KU Posting Nation has the most sophisticated, knowledgeable fans in America.

And, man oh man, can we write!!!! Great stuff!!


Sam Constance 1 year, 11 months ago

A few thoughts about Mark Lyons, etc...

The word on him not being a team player comes from his childish, getting-his-parting-shots-in head coach, Chris Mack. The fact that Mack would stoop to taking pot shots at a 20-year-old who wants to leave the school after GRADUATING says everything you would want to infer about that relationship. No surprise he's leaving if Mack's comments are at all reflective of his conduct as a coach.

I still don't know why almost every KU fan is penciling EJ in at the point. There are almost more unknowns for having EJ at the point then having Lyons play that position, the first of which is his potential knee concerns. But more to the point, it's a terrible idea to extrapolate EJ's ability to be a 25-30 mpg point guard based on him covering ballhandling duties for the 9 minutes or so that Tyshawn was getting some rest on the bench. He wasn't a PG out of HS, and he played it very sparingly last year. It wasn't until late in the season, and then the tournament, that he really started taking on that role with any competence (no offense to EJ)

The one thing I do like about EJ at the point is some of his comments post-championship game. He mentioned that one of the more important things he would have to do next year as a leader was to make sure the team loved and cared about each other. Now THAT is spoken like a true leader, PG or not.

The thing I like the best about bringing Lyons in is that he would give Coach Self two guys at the 1 and 2 slots that are basically combo guards. The two of them would likely split PG duties and we'd see Self return to a setup much more like what he had with Chalmers and Robinson in 2007 and 2008, with no true PG. The Sherronatron/Tyshawnatron mode of having a primary ballhandler at almost all times is a fairly recent phenomenon for Self's teams.


Joe Baker 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm perfectly happy with EJ and Tharpe, next? Either way, I trust Self and CO. They get the big bucks for making these decisions.


Tony Bandle 1 year, 11 months ago

Arizona needs a point guard. Kentucky needs a point guard. Does Kansas really need a point guard more than the other two schools?

Best personal situation - Arizona Best chance to make a big splash - Kentucky Best option to be challenged and improve - Kansas

You all decide which one he'll choose!!


jdhawk1988 1 year, 11 months ago

To me it is obvious, if you have only one year left of college ball to not only win but rebuild your reputation do you go to schools led by freshman or one with veterans? The knock on him last year was he was greedy and didn't play team ball. Would that change as U of A, no but if he tried that here he would be at the end of the bench. TT is going to be a first round pick and he is very simular. I would put U of A in the rear and Us and UK at the top.


AsadZ 1 year, 11 months ago

Landen Lucas interview at the time of his signing with KU. He seems to be a good kid with a good head between his shoulders.


KGphoto 1 year, 11 months ago

Certainly we must be last on his list. He knows Miller from way back, and The Squid will let him run wild. Why would a kid with obvious maturity issues decide to come to KU and play for a defensive minded disciplinarian?

I'll say one thing, if he does choose Kansas, I'll be behind him 100% because he'll be choosing something completely out of his comfort zone and deciding to take on that challenge.

1:3 it's Arizona.


bville_hawk 1 year, 11 months ago

If it was me I would be wary of this Lyons kid. I mean, I don't mind these transfers in football because we are in such dire straits and they can only help. But a point guard I have to wonder what his motivation is. I'm guessing he wants to get to the next level so he's thinking he has to go somewhere to get exposure and put up big numbers. Since he's a point guard the ball is going to be in his hands every possession and I have to think it's going to be a lot more about him than about team a lot of the time.

I think you only offer him if you are 100% convinced that he buys into the "team first" concept.


Ron Franklin 1 year, 11 months ago

How do I get barnsrtrmimg tix for Humboldt ¿


Ben Kane 1 year, 11 months ago

where are all the comments about BS's inability to recruit and need to be replaced?

a basketball article during spring football talk... what has this university become?


Janet Scott 1 year, 11 months ago

Now that Easter has past and we're into May, the Easter Bunny is available to hop onto someone's roster (as a combo guard).


jaybate 1 year, 11 months ago

•If Xavier were too proud and strong to be tainted by the brawl, then Lyons would be coming back to Xavier. Katz doing damage control PR for Chris Mack suggests Katz and Mack have an underlying relationship that needs exploring.


• Turner to LB. Larry gets to work through his Allen Iverson Dynamic again.

• Barnstorming? How 1930s. I know the economy is entering the third downturn of the Great Depression 2.0, but unless the guys are wing-walking on bi-planes, how about something from the 21st Century, like Gym Jamming Tour?

• April is the cruelest recruiting month, breeding lilac transfers out of the dead land, mixing memory and desires for slams, stirring dull hopes with spring sizzle.--T.S. jaybate, The Basketball Wasteland.

• Dribbles echo in the memory...


kusportsdotcom 1 year, 11 months ago

Why do the writers feel it necessary to put "University" after only Kansas, but not Arizona or Kentucky?


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