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Former Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon assigned to G-League

The Nuggets have sent down their first-round pick.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Syracuse vs Miami
Tyler Lydon drives to the basket in a game against Miami during the ACC Tournament.
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Former Syracuse basketball forward Tyler Lydon has been assigned to the G-League, the Denver Nuggets announced earlier today.

Lydon, a 6-foot-9 stretch forward, was selected 24th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2017 NBA Draft, but his rights were traded to Denver shortly thereafter.

Lydon first jumped onto the scene his freshman year at Syracuse with an impressive showing at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Lydon had big games against Connecticut and Texas A&M, both of whom were ranked, which led the Orange to the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis Championship.

NCAA Basketball: Final Four-Syracuse vs North Carolina Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Lydon played big for the Orange down the stretch, and had a game-securing block against Gonzaga on SU's way to a Final Four berth. The Elizaville, NY native finished the season averaging 10.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

His 2016-17 season was somewhat of a step backwards, as Lydon struggled to shoot and often looked hesitant to blossom into the star the Orange fans, and coaches, had hoped for. After a Final Four berth in his freshman year, the Orange failed to make the NCAA Tournament in his sophomore season. He averaged 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

Lydon has not been activiated for any games this season for the Nuggets.

Denver is currently 1-1 on the season.