Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon will sign with agent and enter NBA Draft

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - JANUARY 01: Syracuse University Orange forward Tyler Lydon (20) at the free throw line during an ACC match up between the Boston College Eagles and the Syracuse University Orange on January 1, 2017 at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Eagles defeated the Orange 96-81. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
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Syracuse Orange talent Tyler Lydon will sign with an agent and enter the 2017 NBA Draft, multiple sources told FanRag Sports on Monday.

In what will end up being his final collegiate game, he scored 15 points and contributed 14 rebounds in the Orange’s loss in the NIT on Saturday.

Lydon finished the 2016-17 college basketball season averaging 13.2 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game. He shot just over 47 percent from beyond the arc as a sophomore, which was slightly below the 48 percent from distance he was hitting as a freshman.

It is certainly worth noting that with an increase of roughly six minutes per games this season, he averaged 2.3 more rebounds as a sophomore than he did as a freshman.

Most NBA Draft related websites have the talented forward going somewhere between 25-35 in the upcoming draft.

By hiring an agent, he relinquishes any collegiate eligibility he had left.

With the NBA Draft application rule change, he could have entered his name in the draft and not sign an agent. In that process, he could have taken part in the NBA Scouting Combine to see where he stands with different teams before making a final choice. This seems to be the preferred option for many underclassmen.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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