Prospect Interview: Leo Lyons
PF, 6-9, 240, Missouri
Originally an early entry candidate for the 2008 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name
Earned All-Big 12 Third Team honors as a senior, helping Missouri claim its first Big 12 Tournament title in 16 years and advance to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Averaged 14.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Ranked fifth in school history with 245 free throws attempted and seventh with 182 free throws made as a senior. Reached double figures in scoring in 33 of 37 games, including a career-high 30 points in win over Baylor. Recorded five double-doubles on the season. Grabbed a season-high 15 boards and added 13 points at Colorado. Recorded 23 points and 10 rebounds vs. Cornell in NCAA First Round. Scored 15 points and grabbed 12 boards in vs. Memphis in the Sweet Sixteen.
Named to the Big 12 All-Improved Team after averaging 13.1 points and 5.7 rebounds on the season. Led the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.583, 24th in NCAA). Averaged 16.1 points and 8.0 rebounds during the final 16 contests. During conference play, ranked 10th in the Big 12 in both scoring (14.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg). Led Mizzou with six 20-point games. Had 53 assists and 21 blocks. Scored 27 points on 12-of- 13 shooting from the floor and grabbed a career-high 18 boards vs. Oklahoma State, breaking Mizzou Arena records for rebounds and field goal accuracy. Followed with a 22-point, 15-rebound effort at Baylor. Tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds vs. Maryland at the College Basketball Experience Classic in Kansas City.
Played in all 30 games, averaging 7.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals. Led the squad in field goal percentage (.550) and finished the season shooting .684 from the floor (26-of-38) over the last seven games. Scored 18 points vs. Davidson. Closed the year with back-to-back double-figure games vs. Texas A&M (10) and Baylor (13) in the opening round of the Big 12 Championship.
Played in 25 games and finished sixth on the team in rebounding (2.6 rpg). Scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and added seven rebounds, one block and two steals vs. Louisiana Monroe. Followed with six points and five boards in 11 minutes vs. Oklahoma State.
Skilled and polished four-man who’s comfortable facing the basket. Can shoot it with range. Solid ball-handling skills for a big.
Son of Georgia Lyons. A talented musician who writes and performs his own music.