Xavier guard Mark Lyons said today he would take an official recruiting visit to Arizona this weekend.

Lyons told the Star by telephone today that he will be in Tucson from Friday through Sunday, that he visited Kentucky last night and that he plans to also visit Kansas but has not scheduled that visit yet.

Lyons also said he will finish Xavier’s spring semester on Friday and be able to graduate after completing an online course in two weeks after Friday. That means he’ll be able to transfer as a graduate student later this month and be able to play immediately next season.

Sean Miller recruited Lyons to Xavier in 2008, and Lyons also knows assistant coach Book Richardson and remains close to UA wing Kevin Parrom, whom Lyons co-hosted on Parrom’s official recruiting visit in 2008 (Parrom signed with Xavier before following Miller to UA in the spring of 2009).

Lyons said he is looking to play point guard at whichever of the three schools he chooses, in an effort to improve his NBA stock, and said he intends to discuss the issue with Miller this weekend while learning more about UA.

“Just get a feel for the place, see how it looks and the environment,” Lyons said of his objectives for this weekend's visit. Playing point guard “is a big factor because I want to play more point than I did in my past.”

Lyons said Arizona didn’t have an advantage because of his relationships to the Wildcats, but that Parrom has offered some subtle recruiting pitches.

“We’ve been cool,” Lyons said. “We talked even before I decided to transfer. … He definitely joked about it but he doesn’t want to put pressure on me to do something.”

Lyons also spoke with the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Shannon Russell today, characterizing the decision to leave Xavier as a “business decision” because of his need to develop as a point guard.


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Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball