Arizona Wildcats basketball: Players have options besides draft

2013-06-25T20:00:00Z 2013-06-25T20:05:36Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: Players have options besides draftBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 25, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

Mark Lyons isn’t expected to hear his name during Thursday’s NBA draft, but like many of his Arizona Wildcats predecessors have found, he can still live comfortably in the game.

He just might have to bring his passport.

“I think he’s going to be really good in Europe,” said Jonathan Givony, president of Draft Express.

Givony said Lyons’ scoring-minded point guard game could command up to $100,000 next season in one of Europe’s better professional leagues and that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Lyons developing into an NBA player.

Neither would UA coach Sean Miller, nor Lyons’ agent, Chris Emens.

“Mark’s got a great future,” Emens said. “Does he have obstacles ahead of him? Of course.”

While the Wildcats had nine former players open last season on NBA rosters, more of them are now playing outside the country because of obstacles that include size, skill or other issues.

In Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star, we take a look at where these players have landed.

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