Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6'9" / 220 lbs
School/Club: Syracuse
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: April 9, 1996

DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Denver Nuggets

About Tyler Lydon

If Lydon becomes an everyday contributor on an NBA team, he’ll have his mother to thank. Susan Lydon helped her son develop proper shot mechanics from his earliest days playing the game. And even as he grew to 6-foot-9, Lydon maintained his ability to shoot from the perimeter, making him an ideal stretch four man at the college level. Many scouts believe that skill can translate to the NBA. As a freshman, Lydon was a factor in Syracuse’s run to the Final Four in the 2016 NCAA tournament, and he was a major presence on the 2016-17 team. Lydon would likely have been a preseason All-American had he decided to remain in school, but when he analyzed his place in the NBA Draft, the chance to be a first-round pick was too good to pass up.


  • Excellent distance shooter/floor spacer
  • Can finish at the rim
  • Good passer
  • Moves well without the ball
  • Solid rebounder
  • Good free-throw shooter
  • Good shot blocker


  • Has to get stronger
  • Can he defend at the next level?
  • Needs to stay aggressive offensively

NBA projection: Lydon has been projected as a middle- to late first-round pick.

2016-17 Season
Lydon showed promise during Syracuse’s run to the 2016 Final Four, and he built off that promise in his sophomore season, finishing second on his team in scoring and leading the Orange in rebounding and blocked shots. He racked up 23 double-figure scoring games and nine double doubles and was remarkably durable, averaging 36.1 minutes a game, second in the ACC to only teammate Andrew White (37.2).

Key statistics: 13.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.7 tpg, 1.0 spg, 1.4 bpg, 36.1 mpg, .473 FG, .395 3PT, .836 FT

Cool statistic: Lydon played every minute in 11 consecutive games, a total of 450 minutes. In his last 15 games, he was substituted for only one time.

Reminds me of: Ryan Anderson

What Insiders Say
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim

"Tyler has meant a lot to our basketball program over the last two years. He played a big role in our run to the 2016 Final Four and in the success we had this past season. He will do very well at the next level. I'm very happy for Tyler, because he is a great kid."

What Outsiders Say
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton

“Syracuse’s offensive scheme kind of puts you in a situation where they force you to have to bring your big guys away from the basket, because you have to respect Lydon because he is such a great shooter.”


Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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