Boeheim’s Army, the group of Syracuse Orange basketball alumni competing in The Basketball Tournament, has added Tyler Lydon to its roster. This will be Lydon’s inaugural year in TBT, the $2 million winner-take-all summer tournament. Lydon is the second player to join the roster as Eric Devendorf was announced last week.
“I’m super excited to wear orange again and just ready to get after it with some of the guys I played with and some of the former alumni,” Lydon said in a video.
Lydon played two seasons in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets. Last summer, he signed a two-way deal with the Sacramento Kings only to be waived in October.
The addition of Lydon will give Boehiem’s Army a forward that can stretch the defense as well as another option to play the center position.
“We feel really fortunate to add Tyler — he’s absolutely an NBA level big man with an incredibly versatile skillset,” Said Boeheim’s Army GM Kevin Belbey. “Just like he did for SU, Tyler will make us extremely difficult to guard by being able to use lineups where all five guys on the floor are threats from distance.”
Lydon played for two seasons at Syracuse. He was an integral piece on Syracuse’s 2016 Final Four team as a freshman, averaging 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. After averaging 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore, Lydon departed for the NBA where he was selected in the first round with the No. 24 pick.
At the time of this writing, TBT has not made plans to cancel or postpone this summer’s tournament due to COVID-19. The Syracuse regional is scheduled for the weekend of July 31-August 2.