Syracuse Orange class of 2015 basketball commit Tyler Lydon helped lead the USA under-18 team win gold for the third straight year in the FIBA Americas tournament on Tuesday, defeating Canada 113-79. Lydon scored three points on 1-5 shooting but also grabbed nine rebounds.
The 6’8″ forward averaged 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in 16 minutes off the bench for the five games at the Team USA facility in Colorado Spring, Colo. He ended up being the team’s leading rebounder for the tournament. Lydon, from Pine Plains, N.Y., is the 59th ranked prospect in ESPN’s Top 100 for the class of 2015. He also shot 6-10 from beyond the arc over the course of the tournament and his only field goal in the gold medal game also came from distance.
Lydon is one of four current commitments to the Orange for the class of 2015, giving them an early edge as the top recruiting class in the nation for that year. Lydon will have to try out again next year for the USA team if he wants to compete again, but should have an edge as he played some solid basketball over the past couple of weeks.