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Syracuse Basketball: Tyler Lydon 'Definitely' Coming Back, Malachi Richardson Won't Comment

Both of Syracuse's freshman were asked after the North Carolina loss abour their intentions. One was pretty firm and one was not.

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It's an unfortunate business following something like the Syracuse Orange's 83-66 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Four. While the coaches and players just want to take some time to process what's happened and what's over, reporters have a job to do when it comes to their next steps.

So of course Jim Boeheim got the retirement question even though he's already answered it...

And freshman phenoms Tyler Lydon and Malachi Richardson were asked about whether or not they're going to take a look at going pro in the NBA.

Lydon seems to pretty firmly have his mind set.

NOW, I appreciate the sentiment but Syracuse fans have been down this road enough times where a guy says he's coming back but then goes pro (Donte Greene, Jonny Flynn, Chris McCullough) so I'll fully believe it when the NBA Draft entry deadline passes and Lydon hasn't submitted himself.

On the other hand, and probably unsurprising, Richardson is noncommital on his plans.

Number one, fair enough.

Number two, given the new rules for NBA Draft testing periods, Richardson would be silly not to at least find out where he stands.

Number three, we'd love to have him back at Orange fans but if he does go pro wish him well.

Obviously we're not even a couple hours from the end of the season, so we'll let everyone take a breath and get some sleep before we take anything as a certainty.