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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 7 1 0 0.875 19 2 0 0.905
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon State 5 3 0 0.625 13 6 0 0.684
Oregon 4 4 0 0.500 14 7 0 0.667
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 5 0 0.375 12 10 0 0.545
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 55-73
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 56-90
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 84-74
Colorado at
USC
1/29 84-74
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 84-74
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
USC
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
Washington
2/1 1:00 pm
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