6’9” 205 LBS F
34 G | 36.1 MPG | 13.2 PPG | 52.3 FG% | 39.2 3FG% | 49 3FG | 83.6 FT% | 8.6 RPG | 2.1 APG | 1.4 BPG
• Named to the Wooden Award pre-season watch list at the outset of his second go-round with Syracuse, Lydon finished the year as an All-ACC Honorable Mention selection. As one of the most relied-upon players in the league (Lydon was second in the ACC averaging 36.1 minutes per game), the well-rounded forward did a little bit of everything for the Orange. He posted the conference’s eighth-best true shooting percentage (60.7), ranked fifth in rebounding (8.6), and turned aside the fourth-most shots per game (1.4). Showing top-tier offensive efficiency relative to his peers, Lydon accounted for 1.04 points scored per possession this season, and flashed promising shooting potential during the combine.
• One area last where Lydon proved to be particularly effective was on the offensive glass. Yes, his 79 o-boards were good for 10th in the ACC, but more so than that, the 21-year old converted 24 of 32 put-back attempts, per Synergy Sports. On the whole, Lydon made noteworthy strides in respect to his rebounding output. The Hudson, New York native’s per-40 minute rebounding rate increased by nearly 1.5 compared to his freshman year. He closed his sophomore campaign with five consecutive double-digit rebounding performances.
• Lydon’s heavy involvement in Syracuse’s rotation wasn’t limited strictly to his second season. As a rookie collegian, he shouldered a heavy load, too, logging 30.3 minutes per game. Lydon averaged 10.1 points in 2015-2016, reaching double-digits 20 times. The Orange went 16-4 in those games, perhaps a telling indicator of the impact Lydon’s contributions had on the team’s fortunes. His 67 blocked shots as a freshman represented the third-highest all-time mark for a Syracuse first-year.
Did You Know?:
In 2014, Lydon landed a spot on the United States’ team that competed in the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championships. The roster was sprinkled with future pros Jaylen Brown (Celtics), Stanley Johnson (Pistons), Tyus Jones (Timberwolves), Myles Turner (Pacers), Justise Winslow (Heat), and Stephen Zimmerman (Magic). Duke’s Luke Kennard, like Lyon, a 2017 projected first-rounder, was also on the squad, as was Villanova’s Jaylen Brunson.
Quote of Note:
“[The NBA Draft Combine is] pretty stressful, but once you get out there, you’ve got a ball and a hoop. It’s just basketball, so you just try to get through it that way. But it can definitely be a lot, a little overwhelming at times to go through all the interviews. It’s mentally pretty taxing. But you find a way to get through it.” – Lydon, syracuse.com [5/12/2017]