Leo Lyons (basketball)

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Leo Lyons
Leo Lyons.JPG
Lyons with the Hapoel Jerusalem
No. 8 – Chiba Jets Funabashi
Position Power forward
League B.League
Personal information
Born (1987-05-06) May 6, 1987 (age 30)
Topeka, Kansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Piper (Kansas City, Kansas)
Coastal Christian
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
College Missouri (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Playing career 2009–2017
Career history
2009–2010 Hapoel Jerusalem
2010 Hapoel Gilboa Galil
2010–2012 Austin Toros
2012 Dakota Wizards
2012–2013 Budivelnyk Kyiv
2013–2014 Pınar Karşıyaka
2014 Nizhny Novgorod
2014–2015 Seoul Samsung Thunders
2015 Goyang Orions
2015–2016 Ulsan Mobis Phoebus
2016–2017 Jeonju KCC Egis
2017 Akita Northern Happinets
2017–present Chiba Jets Funabashi
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-Big 12 (2009)

Leo Lyons (born May 6, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for Chiba Jets Funabashi of the B.League. Lyons was born in Topeka, Kansas, and went to high school at Coastal Christian Academy and Piper High School. At both of these high schools, he excelled on the basketball teams. He went to the University of Missouri for college and played three seasons of basketball before going undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft.

High school career[edit]

As a junior at Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas, Lyons averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per game while earning second-team all-state honors.[1] Lyons transferred to Coastal Christian Academy in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he averaged 21 points and 8 rebounds per game.[1]

College recruitment[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Leo (Criswell) Lyons
Topeka/Ks Coastal Christian Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Aug 20, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A

College career[edit]

Lyons played four years for the University of Missouri. After his junior season, where he averaged 13.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, Lyons was named to the Big 12 All-Improved team.[1] As a senior, Lyons earned third team All Big 12 honors, averaging 14.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Lyons played the 2009-2010 season with Israeli basketball team, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. He played thirty-seven games with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, averaging seven points and one assist in eighteen minutes per game. For the first half of the 2010-2011 season, he played for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa, another Israeli team. Through eleven games with Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa, Lyons averaged five points in fifteen minutes. Lyons signed with the Austin Toros in early 2011.[3]

During the 2010-2011 season, Lyons started 27 games for the Toros, averaging 14.9 points and 6 rebounds per game.

On October 20, 2011, Lyons was named to the Team USA roster for the 2011 Pan American Games.[4]

Lyons appeared in 26 games with the Toros during the 2011-2012 season, averaging 16.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.[5] On March 6, 2012, Lyons was traded to the Dakota Wizards.[6]

In 2012-13 season, while playing with Budivelnyk Kyiv, he averaged 14.6 points and 7.3 rebounds over 16 games in the Eurocup.

In August 2013, he signed a contract with Pınar Karşıyaka of the Turkish Basketball League.[7] He left them in January 2014, and signed with Nizhny Novgorod.[8] He parted ways with Nizhny on May 6, 2014.[9]

In February 2017 he signed with Akita Northern Happinets of the Japanese B.League. He re-signed with the Happinets on May 29.[10] But he officially announced his retirement as a professional basketball player on July 31, 2017.[11] Because there is no "retirement regulations" of the B.League,[12] he came terms with the Chiba Jets Funabashi on November 29.


  1. ^ a b c d "Player Bio: Leo Lyons". mutigers.com. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big12Sports.com. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Schroeder, Scott (January 6, 2011). "Spurs-Owned Austin Toros Acquire 2010 NCAA Leading Scorer Aubrey Coleman". AOL News. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  4. ^ "USA Men's Pan American Games Team Named". USA Basketball. Retrieved 19 March 2012. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Leo Lyons Playerfile". NBA.com. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Wizards Acquire Leo Lyons". NBA.com. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Karsiyaka lands Leo Lyons, ex Budivelnyk". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Leo Lyons agreed to terms with Nizhny Novgorod". Sportando.net. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Лео Лайонс покидает БК "Нижний Новгород". nn-basket.ru (in Russian). May 6, 2014. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ Akita Sakigake (29 May 2017). "レオ・ライオンズは来季もハピネッツ". Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  11. ^ Akita Northern Happinets (31 July 2017). "レオ・ライオンズ選手 現役引退に伴う契約解除のお知らせ". Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  12. ^ Sicks, Hikki (1 December 2017). "レオ・ライオンズの件". Retrieved 3 December 2017. 

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