Mickey Lyons commits to Nichols College

Less than 48 hours after helping his Burlington High School team advance in the state tournament, Mickey Lyons committed to Nichols College on Wednesday.

The commitment marks the climax of a year that has seen the 6’4″ shooting guard break out after not being on many radars a year ago at this time. It started with postseason showcase events, then after a quiet summer he really came alive last fall. Lyons had two big games at the Boston Back to School Showcase, stood out at the Hoop Mountain Fall Classic, then was one of the best players at the Middlesex Magic’s fall tournament and played very well for a team of Massachusetts players in the BST Hoops Northeast Exposure Showcase in late October.

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Burlington senior guard Mickey Lyons (Eric Polli photo)

After that, Lyons came back for his senior year and has built on that success. He missed five games during the season with a broken finger on his non-shooting hand, but returned to help them to a second-place finish in the Freedom Division of the Middlesex League, behind only Watertown. They are in the state tournament for the second year in a row, and he plays for his father, Tom Lyons.

What Lyons, who wants to study sports management, brings to Nichols is a fast-improving player whose body can still mature more. While he’s not the most athletic player, added strength should improve some of his driving game, and he can shoot well out to long range. When his jumper is not falling, he finds other ways to score and help his team.

Lyons connected with Nichols head coach Jeff Lindgren, currently in his second season running his alma mater’s program. Lindgren is a young and energetic coach and is already winning, as the Bison won the Commonwealth Coast Conference regular season title with a 16-2 mark in conference play. They are 21-5 entering Thursday night’s semifinal game in the conference tournament. While they will lose their best player after this season, most of this year’s team will return, so it’s clear Lindgren is building a program that will have some staying power.

Burlington will take on top seed New Mission on Saturday night. They will be a fairly heavy underdog, but Lyons and his team will be ready to try to give the Titans all they can handle.

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