A former Hudson Valley high school star is planning to enter the NBA Draft. Many mock drafts have him going in the first round.

The 6-foot-9 20-year-old from Elizaville averaged 13.2 points per game and a team high 8.5 rebounds per game during his sophomore season at Syracuse. Lydon connected on nearly 40 percent of his shots from 3-point land.

Most NBA mock drafts currently have the former Dutchess County hoops star going somewhere in the mid-twenties in the upcoming NBA Draft. Of note, a local team, the Brooklyn Nets will likely have two selections late in the first round.

Lydon’s length and ability to hit the 3 should translate into the current NBA game. As the lanky 20-year-old develops, he will need to put on weight to have sustained success at the next level.

Last years as a freshman, the Elizaville native provided the Orange with 10.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and a team-high 1.6 blocks off the bench. He sealed Syracuse’s win to reach the Final Four with a clutch block in the final seconds. It was one of 6 blocks he had in the game.

In 2011, as a fresman in high school, Lydon helped Pine Plains win their first boys basketball section championship since the 1960s.  Lydon and the Bombers repeated as Section 9 champions in 2012 and 2013. Also in 2013, he led Pine Plains to the Class C New York State Championship game.

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