Syracuse Forward Tyler Lydon Declaring for NBA Draft (Report) 3
Feb 4, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Tyler Lydon (20) shoots the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers during the second half at the Carrier Dome. The Orange won 66-62. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse sophomore forward Tyler Lydon is reportedly hiring an agent and leaving school early to take his shot in the NBA.

Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon grew substantially as a player during his freshman year. Under the guise of being the No. 1 option as a sophomore, he played inconsistently throughout the process of this season.

On Monday afternoon, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported that Lydon would enter the 2017 NBA Draft.

Lydon, who many thought would return for his junior season, will sign with an agent, and let NBA general managers decide his future.

Lydon had his ups and downs this season and seemingly lacked confidence in his game, but the risks to another year in college are too much to overlook. If a college player gets injured, his pro career could be jeopardized.

Although Lydon is currently projected to go 23rd overall by DraftExpress, I honestly believe that he should rethink his decision. Another year at Syracuse means another shot at making another deep tournament run and another chance of increasing his draft stock.

Considered one of the most skilled big men in college basketball, the 20-year-old would probably be a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Perhaps he believes that he has the talent and statistics to be selected relatively early, but only time will tell.

In two years with the Syracuse Orange, Lydon averaged a total of 11.6 points per contest shooting just under 48 percent from the field.

Syracuse has plenty of incoming freshmen, a returning Taurean Thompson, Frank Howard, Tyus Battle, and Matthew Moyer set to play next season. However, the losses of John Gillon, Andrew White, Tyler Roberson, Dajuan Coleman, and now Tyler Lydon won’t do the Orange any favors.

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Zachary Weisleder is a New York Mets Beat Writer for Elite Sports NY. Born and raised in Toronto, Zach is a diehard fan of his local Blue Jays, Raptors, and Maple Leafs. In addition to writing for ESNY, Zach is a passionate supporter of Syracuse athletics and exemplifies his allegiance through contributing for Fansided’s Inside the Loud House and The Armchair All-Americans.