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Tyler Lydon

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Name: Tyler Lydon

School: Syracuse

Season: Sophomore

ESPN High School Ranking: 76 (2015)

Birthdate: April 9, 1996 (20)

Birthplace: Elizaville, New York


- Parents Timothy and Susan Lydon

- Mom played basketball at Dutchess Community College

- Hunted with his dad and brother as a teen

- Parents say he plays with a reckless abandon - has flipped over opponents getting rebounds since grade school

High School: 

- New Hampton School - Prep

- Pine Plains


- Won gold on U.S.A. U18 FIBA Americas Championship

Twitter: Tyler_Lydon14 - Does not use Twitter during the season

Instagram: TylerLydon

Height: 6'9

Weight: 223

Wingspan: 6'11.75 (Taken from 2014 USA Basketball)

Standing Reach: N/A

No Step Vert: N/A

Max Vert: N/A

Body Fat %: N/A

Injury History: Missed 2 days of practice in October 2016 with oak poisoning

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Grew up in very small town

- Malachi Richardson - "Tyler is crazy. He's a crazy country kid. He goes hunting. Has animals in his house on the walls-I don't get it."

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 10.1 PPG

- 6.3 RPG

- 1.1 APG

- 1.8 BPG

- 1.1 SPG

- 48% FG

- 41% 3

- 77% FT

Sophomore Season Stats:

- 9.9 PPG

- 7.4 RPG

- 1.6 APG

- 1 BPG

- 0.8 SPG

- 39% FG

- 38% 3

- 77% FT


- 3rd in defensive win shares in the ACC in 2015-16

- 4th in blocks per game in the ACC in 2015-16

Position: SF/PF

Greatest Strength: 3 point shooting

Greatest Weakness: Aggression

Athleticism: 6

Aggression: 4

Speed: 6

Strength: 5

Lateral Movement: 6

Basketball IQ: 6

Switchability: 7

3 point shooting: 7

Jumpshot: 6

Ability to finish at the rim: 6

Post moves: 6

Handle: 6

Passing: 6

Rebounding: 6

Motor: 6

Touch: 7

Hands: 5

On ball defense: 5

Help defense: 5

Steals: 6

Blocks: 6

Pick and Roll: 

- Could develop into a great pick-and-roll defender because of his length and athleticism - could switch and guard either bigs or guards

- Offensively, Lydon is likely to be a pick-and-popper or a 3 point spacer away from the play

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Poor defensive effort

- Solid 3 point shooter

- Good job at feeding the post - can see over defenses

- Lacks an elite skill

- Good length and athleticism

- Poor rim protector

- Plays soft

- Poor post defender - stands with hands straight up, never challenges shot

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Wisconsin

- #10 Nigel Hayes

- #30 Vitto Brown

- #22 Ethan Happ

- Poor positioning to miss boxout, but good hops to knock rebound away

- Good post feed in the air to Coleman with positioning

- Poor defensive effort closing out - gave up wide open FT line jumper

- Catch and shoot 3 curling off baseline screen towards left 45 - miss short - not a good shot

- Does not come off screens particularly well - no change of speed

- Poor effort all around defensively

- Catch and shoot right 45 3 - short again, good shot mechanics though

- Poor closeout did not try and affect shot and then boxed out by Happ for offensive rebound

- Offensive rebound over smaller player, lays it back in

- Catches deep on right block with over the top pass and smaller defender on him - hopstep middle and floats in close shot with his right - should have used left but because smaller defender on him he couldn't affect his shot

- Gets defensive rebound but has it stripped away from him - weak

- Good post feed from right corner - can see over defenders

- Catch and shoot 3 on right 45 in transition - miss

- Terrible boxout - allows Hayes to get offensive rebound around him after FT - Hayes called for foul but it wasn't

- Good contest on right 45 3, got hand up but still hit

- Catch and shoot right 45 3 - nails it - perfect stroke - finally caught it and went straight up - previous times fading 

- Catch and shoot 3 right 45 deep early in possession - miss

- Poor closeout - double teamed in left short corner and allowed player to split through - does nothing aggressively

- Happ catches too deep in short corner and allowed him to spin baseline and get shot opportunity near rim - not aggressive again on D

- Slow help rotation and fouls Happ under hoop for FTs

- Almost never boxes out - just stares at the shot going up, doesn't look for bodies

- Gets loose ball in transition under own hoop, turns it over right to Happ for a layin

- Gets pushed off boxout by Showalter who is smaller than him

- Happ catches deep in post, turns and lays in - No resistance from Lydon, hands straight up doesn't contest

- Blocks shot on Happ catch and immediate layup attempt deep in right post

- Good positioning offensively - sneaks between defenders, catches and banks in floater deep in right post

- Hayes skied right over Lydon for a putback dunk - Lydon didn't even leave the floor

- Gives up offensive rebound to Hayes again - no boxout

NBA Comparison: Worse Sam Dekker

Current Ability: 4

Projection as an NBA Player: 4.5

Projected Draft Spot: 2nd Round

Opinion: Lydon is not an NBA prospect. Scouts like him for his long body, athleticism, and shooting ability. But a strong NCAA tournament has been shown to fool teams in the past. Lydon is passive and makes no serious impact on the game. His defensive effort is poor. He is not a player I would want on my team at any level.