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Arizona Basketball: Lyons will play with Raptors

2013-07-11T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:17:12Z Arizona Basketball: Lyons will play with RaptorsPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Former Arizona Wildcats guard Mark Lyons practiced for the first time with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday and will be on the team's NBA Summer League roster when it begins exhibition games Saturday in Las Vegas.

"I know some people in the (Raptors) organization that expressed some belief in Lyons' ability," Lyons' agent, Chris Emens of Octagon, said Wednesday. "Whether or not an opportunity exists with him for their NBA roster I think is to be determined.

"If he does well, there might be an opportunity for him."

The 24-year-old Xavier transfer, who averaged 15.6 points per game in his only season with the Wildcats, will likely play behind Julyan Stone, a 24-year-old former Denver Nuggets point guard who stands 6 feet 7 inches.

Emens - who is also former UA star Solomon Hill's agent - said he sees Lyons as "a guy who can back (Stone) up in the Summer League and maybe play with him."

Inclusion on the Summer League is rarely a guarantee for a NBA roster spot; rather, it's a showcase for professional teams worldwide.

Lyons had multiple "quite good" European contract offers, Emens said. He could still end up there. Emens said Lyons would rather go overseas than play in the NBA Development League, the highest American minor league.

Lyons will be joined in Las Vegas by former UA guard MoMo Jones, who played his final two seasons at Iona.

Jones, 23, is on the Portland Trail Blazers roster.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
USC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Azusa Pacific at
Washington State
11/7 12:00 am
Cal Poly Pomona at
Arizona
11/9 4:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's at
Arizona
11/14 6:00 pm
Coppin State at
Oregon
11/14 10:00 pm
Detroit at
Oregon
11/17 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Arizona
11/19 7:00 pm
Oral Roberts at
Oregon State
11/21 7:00 pm
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Northern Colorado at
Colorado
12/13 4:00 pm
Washington State at
Santa Clara
12/13 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Oregon State
12/15 8:00 pm
Grambling at
Washington
12/17 9:00 pm
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