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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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 1 0 0.923
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 11 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 9 2 0 0.818
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 8 5 0 0.615
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Harvard at
Arizona State
12/28 12:00 pm
Cal State-Bakersfield at
California
12/28 1:30 pm
Cal-Davis at
Washington State
12/28 4:00 pm
UCLA at
Alabama
12/28 4:30 pm
Stony Brook at
Washington
12/28 6:00 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at
Stanford
12/29 9:00 pm
Cal-Irvine at
Oregon
12/29 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon State
12/30 7:30 pm
Carroll (Mont.) at
Utah
12/30 7:30 pm
Vermont at
USC
12/30 9:30 pm
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