Syracuse sophomore Tyler Lydon to enter 2017 NBA Draft

Per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon will sign with an agent and declare for June’s NBA Draft. The sophomore forward stuffed the stat-sheet with 13.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.4 blocks per game this season.

Lydon, a 2016-17 All-ACC honorable mention, made an immediate impact off the bench as a freshman. The 6’9″ New York native posted four double-doubles and averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds during the Orange’s 2016 Final Four run. This past season, he one upped last year’s totals with nine double-doubles.

Many NBA Draft experts have Lydon locked as a first round pick. SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell, NBADraft.net and Aran Smith of Hoops Hype all have the New Hampton School product positioned at 23rd to the Orlando Magic. 

Regardless where he falls, whatever team picks up Lydon will get a sharp-shooting big man who is extremely durable and seasoned to play big minutes (he averaged 36.1 his sophomore year). Moreover, the power forward is extremely talented in the paint and has advanced post moves.

The 19-15 Orange lost to 4th seeded Ole Miss in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. 

— P. Wesner