reported that Xavier guard Mark Lyons will transfer and become eligible immediately if he finishes his degree this spring.

Since Lyons will have only one year left to play, it's a natural to wonder if he might want to spend that year with the coach who recruited him -- former Xavier coach Sean Miller.

However, Lyons told the Cincinnati Enquirer he was "surprised by the report."

Lyons, a 6-foot-1, 188-pound combo guard, averaged 15.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season for the Musketeers, but was suspended for two games for his role in the Xavier-Cincinnati brawl and benched late in the season, CBSSports said.

After the Xavier-Cincinnati brawl, Miller said of the Musketeers that he was "proud of those guys" and caught some national heat.

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.

Players who graduate and have eligibility remaining can play immediately if they choose to enroll in a graduate program at another school that is not offered at the player's former school.

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball