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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 12 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 10 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 8 2 0 0.800
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 5 0 0.545
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Quinnipiac
12/21 52-60
USC at
Boston College
12/21 75-71
San Jose State at
Washington State
12/21 53-82
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Wisconsin at
California
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
Arizona at
UNLV
12/23 8:00 pm
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