Xavier guard Mark Lyons said today he has not decided whether to leave the Musketeers but “definitely” has looked into the possibility of transferring to Arizona.
“I love coach (Sean) Miller and the whole coaching staff there, so if I decided to leave, I definitely would look at Arizona,” Lyons told the Star. “I definitely would.”
Miller recruited Lyons to Xavier and Lyons sat out as a freshman in 2008-09 as a partial qualifier during Miller's final Xavier season.
Lyons said he has also considered the fact that Arizona has an opening for a point guard for next season, a position that he said he is looking to prove himself at because Xavier had Tu Holloway there last season.
“That’s what I’m going to play my final year,” Lyons said. “Tu Holloway was one of the best in the country so I didn’t get to play it. A lot of people don’t think I can play point guard.”
If he graduates as expected this spring, Lyons would get a chance to play immediately at another school if he enrolls in a graduate program at the new school that is not offered at Xavier. He has one season of eligibility remaining.
However, Lyons said he could also have a chance to play the point for the Musketeers next season and that Xavier coach Chris Mack wants him to return. Lyons was suspended for two games for his role in the Xavier-Cincinnati brawl and was also benched toward the end of the season.
“They definitely wanted me back and me and coach (Chris Mack) had a meeting about it,” Lyons said. “But I’ve gotta think about what‘s best for me and my family so I’m trying” to decide.
Lyons said he isn’t sure when he will make a decision.
“I still don’t know what I’m going to do yet,” Lyons said. “I’m trying to graduate. I was thinking about it, and the word got out that I was thinking about it, and they ran with it.”
Arizona has one remaining scholarship for the 2012 class and has a one-year hole at point guard, with the departure of Josiah Turner and the fact that ex-Duquesne transfer T.J. McConnell won't be eligible until the 2013-14 season.