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Ex-Wildcat Mark Lyons headed to Portsmouth Invitational

Mark Lyons

Mark Lyons scored 73 points in three NCAA Tournament games at Arizona. Photo by Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Former Arizona Wildcats point guard Mark Lyons will participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, trying to showcase his skills for NBA scouts with 63 other college seniors.

The tournament features eight eight-man teams playing over four days, beginning Wednesday in Portsmouth, Va.

Other Pac-12 players who accepted invitations to the event are: Oregon’s E.J. Singler, Arsalan Kazemi and Tony Woods, Arizona State’s Carrick Felix, Washington’s Abdul Gaddy and Aziz N’Diaye, Washington State’s Brock Motum and UCLA’s Larry Drew II.

Former Arizona guard Momo Jones, who ended his career at Iona, will also be playing in the event.

Lyons, in his only season with the Wildcats, led the team in scoring with 15.6 points per game.

“I don’t know if he’ll ever play in anyone’s NBA,” UA assistant coach Book Richardson said of Lyons during the NCAA Tournament. “But I do know as talented as he is, he’ll have an opportunity to take care of himself in basketball.”

Ex-Arizona guard Kyle Fogg attended the Portsmouth tournament last year. Fogg is playing with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League, averaging 6.3 points.

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