Thursday, May 8, 2008
Lyons Returning to Missouri
Missouri junior forward Leo Lyons has announced that he will withdraw his name from the NBA Draft pool and return to the Tigers for his senior season. "I just felt like it was the right decision," Lyons said in a statement. "I really want to graduate, and by staying at Missouri, that will happen. I want to become the best basketball player I can be. This process over the last two weeks has allowed me to get feedback from NBA organizations and now I get a chance to use that my advantage." Coach Mike Anderson supported the route Lyons took and the decision he eventually made. “Leo was able to go test the waters, get feedback about his NBA status and now he can use that to his advantage,” Head Coach Mike Anderson said in a statement. "He went through the proper channels to get the information and that’s going to allow him to focus on becoming the best basketball player he can be next season." Lyons averaged 13.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season, finishing the season very strongly.