Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/8/12

When Mark Lyons takes the floor he doesn't feel apprehension, he's not uncomfortable, he's not shy. Mark Lyons likes to shoot. A lot. These days, when young basketball players head to the gym they often say that they're going "to put up shots." Mark Lyons means it. From December 7th to February 1st - a span this year of 14 games - Mark Lyons only once failed to accumulate double-digit shot attempts. For the season he put up at least thirteen shots in 16 of 34 games. He even had eighteen or more attempts three times this year - not that he came close to making half his shots in any of those three games. For Lyons it's the shots which matter. The rest will take care of itself.

On the season he scored 15.1 a game.

Now Lyons is taking his considerable talents to Arizona. This shouldn't be a surprise, as the current Arizona head coach - Sean Miller - recruited Lyons to play at Xavier before taking the Arizona job. And now he finally lands him - if only for one year.

Arizona is in need of a ballhandling guard. That's how Miller envisioned the 6-1 Lyons when he convinced him to become a Muskateer - a point guard in the modern sense of the term. A scorer. A distributor. The one to run the show. Then things changed.

Miller left for Arizona. He freshman guard Terrell became Tu, and everyone else vied to become Tu's running mate. By the time he was a sophomore Mark Lyons filled that role. And as Tu's running mate he shot the ball. A lot.

Mark Lyons enters Arizona off a season where he took 27.9% of the shots when he was on the floor. Contrast that with Sean Miller's entire career where he's never coached a player who attempted more shots than Lyons. In fact, only four of his starters have ever attempted even 25% of the shots when they were on the floor. Sean Miller likes to spread the ball around. He likes to take what the defense is giving.

And Mark Lyons likes to shoot.

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