BALTIMORE — Jairus Lyles, who starred at DeMatha before helping University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) men’s basketball on its wild ride this past March, got some NBA attention last week. Lyles had a pre-draft workout with the Washington Wizards – whose assistant coach, Sidney Lowe, played for DeMatha in the late ‘70s – on […]
BALTIMORE — Jairus Lyles, who starred at DeMatha before helping University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) men’s basketball on its wild ride this past March, got some NBA attention last week.
Lyles had a pre-draft workout with the Washington Wizards – whose assistant coach, Sidney Lowe, played for DeMatha in the late ‘70s – on May 22. The guard, who made the buzzer-beating three-pointer that took down the University of Vermont in the America East final and then scored 28 as the No. 16 seed UMBC, shocked No. 1 seed Virginia 74-54 in a first-round South Regional game.
That game earned Lyles plenty of attention simply because of how well he played in the first game of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament where a No.16 seed had never beaten a top seed (University of Virginia). He made nine of 11 from the field, and seven of nine from the line as UMBC scored the biggest win in school history.
However, it made a lot of people look at Lyles. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard is projected by several experts to be a possible late-second round pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
Lyles said he thinks he could bring something to any NBA team that would give him a chance.
“I’m just a great character guy who works hard every day,” Lyles said at a press conference when working with the Wizards last week. “I’m going to do whatever the coach (wants).”
Lyles said he has been training at IMG in Florida for the past month, along with finishing graduate school. He has been doing plenty of conditioning and working hard on his skills.
Lyles would probably need to at least begin as a point guard in the NBA due to his size, but his shooting ability could make him a type of combination guard. He also said that Toronto would be giving him a pre-draft workout last week. He is just getting ready for the big pre-draft grind.
“I’ve really just been working out and training,” Lyles said. “I’ve got to keep working hard every day to (reach) my goals.”
PGCC falls in postseason
Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) and Rockingham County Community College (N.C.) met in the NJCAA District D title series on May 19 and 20, and it turned out to be a wild series.
The Owls won the first game of the best-of-three series and even had a nine-run lead in the decisive Game 3, but they could not hold it. Rockingham rallied for 11 consecutive runs and stunned PGCC 17-15 to end its season.
Bay To of the Owls indeed tried to keep the season going. He hit a three-run homer in each of his first three at-bats, went 5-for-5 with nine RBI but it was not enough.
For good measure, To even added a stolen base, and while the team got plenty of offense, so did the other side.
The PGCC pitching staff could not hold the lead. Rockingham was down 15-6 in the fifth but scored eight times in that inning plus two in the sixth and one in the eighth.