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Playing Up Pays Dividends for Lydon

It isn’t always easy playing against older players, but 2015 Pine Plains (N.Y.) New Hampton School forward Tyler Lydon has adjusted quite nicely.

Lydon played well at Reebok.

Playing AAU in the Nike EYBL for Albany City Rocks, Lydon was going up against top 2014 competition game after game, which only drove him to improve his game.

“I feel like playing in the EYBL helped me play harder and gave me more confidence playing against better players,” said Lydon. “They were all bigger, stronger and faster, so the entire experience definitely has pushed me to only get better.”

Averaging 5.9 points on 38 percent shooting from the floor, Lydon led City Rocks in rebounding at just over seven per contest through the 18-game tour. The No. 77 player in his class parlayed his success into an invite to the Nike Elite One Hundred camp, where the competition only got stiffer.

“Going out to the Nike camp, that was great,” said Lydon. “I had a lot of fun there. Probably some of the best competition I’ve seen. My team, when we were playing games and stuff, we played really well together.”

Lydon made another stop this past weekend at the Reebok Breakout Classic, where the 6-foot-8, 180-pound forward averaged 4.8 points and 7.2 rebounds over the six-game camp, which led to an All-Star game invite to close things out.

“At the Reebok camp, I really focused on playing hard without the ball,” said Lydon. “I normally do that anyway. In camps like that everyone is going out there trying to prove they can score. I just tried to do the little things like rebound and the little things like that to set myself apart.”

247Sports National Analyst Jerry Meyer saw Lydon perform at the Elite One Hundred camp and gave some insight as to what type of player the four-star forward is.

“Lydon is a promising prospect. He shoots the ball with a lot of confidence and has the potential to be a deep shooting threat.” said Meyer. “He is thin right now but has some athletic bounce. I like his intelligence and feel for the game as well. The key to his development will be how much stronger he gets.”

Lydon explained where he is as a player, highlighting the strengths of his game.

“Playing hard, shooting and rebounding,” said Lydon. “I’ve got a lot of work to do if I want to be one of the best guys, but every time I’m out on the floor I’m going to give 125 percent.”

The No. 22 player nationally at his position, Lydon holds offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Iowa, among others, and recent interest from the likes of Florida, Virginia, Syracuse and Notre Dame.

“To be honest, I like a lot of the schools who are looking at me,” admitted Lydon. “I’m really open as far as recruiting goes. I can’t really pick any schools who are really sticking out above others.”

Penn State offered the 2015 prospect, and despite having a player already committed at his position in 2015 with Michael Watkins, the Nittany Lions’ coaching staff are very interested and still recruiting Lydon.

“I’ve talked to Coach Chambers quite a bit, not as much over the past week or two, though,” said Lydon. “They offered so they’re really interested. Coach Chambers was saying they would love to have me there. They think it is a really good fit for me and their style of play.”

Without having visited any of the schools interested in him - save for a trip to James Madison last summer - Lydon is looking to finish out the July live period strong. Once AAU winds down, a number of visits could be in the cards throughout August, but no plans have been made just yet.

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