WORTH NOTING: Walk-on player returning to Virginia basketball in the 2000-01 season after not playing last season ... returns with a perfect record from the free throw line and one of the highest three-point shooting percentages in the ACC ... scored a career-high 10 points in a game against Hampton (11/25/98), nailing three of four shots from the floor and two of three three-pointers in just six minutes of playing time ... was co-captain of the basketball team with former UVa teammate Willie Dersch at Holy Cross High School in 1995-96 ... inspirational story ... was supposed to enroll at UVa with long-time friend Dersch for the 1996-97 academic year, but was diagnosed with cancer just prior to enrolling … the required treatment caused him to enroll a year late.
AT VIRGINIA: 1999-00—Did not play. 1998-99—Fan favorite for his long-range shooting ability ... posted an average of 1.8 ppg and ranked eighth on the team with six three-point field goals ... one of 21 ACC players with more three-point field goals than two-point field goals ... saw action in nine of the first 14 games, but played in only four games the remainder of the season ... had the best performance of his career in the home opener vs. Hampton on Nov. 25 ... poured in 10 points off the bench in just six minutes of action ... hit three of four shots from the floor, including two of three three-pointers ... also made both free throws vs. the Pirates ... connected on two free throws vs. Elon ... scored six points on two three-pointers, handed out two assists, grabbed a rebound and had a steal vs. New Hampshire on Dec. 5 ... lists one of his highlights as scoring six points vs. St. John’s on Dec. 12 ... connected on two long three-pointers as his friends watched the game on television in his hometown ... his 46.2 three-point shooting percentage was topped by only 12 other players in the ACC and was the best by any player with at least 10 attempts during the regular season ... one of nine league players to be perfect from the free throw line during the regular season and tied with teammate Jason Dowling for the best perfect mark (4-4) ... one of five Cavaliers with more assists than turnovers. 1997-98—Walk-on who played in one game … played the final minute against VMI on Dec. 22 … missed his only shot, a three-point attempt, in that contest … one of only three league players with just one field goal attempt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Co-captain of the basketball team at Holy Cross High School along with former UVa teammate Willie Dersch as a senior in 1995-96 ... second-team All-Brooklyn-Queens by The Tablet and honorable mention All-City by the New York Post ... received “Playmaker of the Game” award after finishing with 10 points and 10 assists in the 1996 “City Game” All-Star Classic ... lettered twice at Holy Cross.
PERSONAL: Gregory Richard Lyons ... born 5-17-78 in Manhasset, N.Y. ... son of Richard Lyons and Jeanne Lyons ... has two brothers, Brendan (27) and Timothy (18) ... has volunteered as a youth league basketball coach ... recipient of the 1993 Global Studies Award at Holy Cross High School ... his father and his uncle, Mike Keilty, played basketball at St. John’s University ... sociology major.
Coach Gillen on Greg Lyons
“Greg is a walk-on who rejoins the team this season for his senior year. He is a popular player who shoots the ball very well from the perimeter. He has a good feel for the game and does a great job in practice, challenging the other players. He understands his role as a walk-on: what he has to do and the challenges of being a non-scholarship player.”
One-on-One with Greg Lyons
What is one of your most rewarding non-sports related accomplishments?
Although it wasn’t an individual accomplishment, without a doubt, it would have to be surviving cancer. I couldn’t have done it without my family, friends and doctors, whom I can never thank enough. It was one of the most rewarding parts of my life!
In what ways do you hope to contribute to this year’s team?
I hope to challenge the starters every day in practice so they will get better. I hope I can make the guys in front of me better so the team can improve and go far in the postseason.
Describe one of your favorite childhood memories.
One of my favorite childhood memories was back when I played pee-wee football (yes, football), and the Mineola Chiefs went undefeated for four years. Coach Redmond and Coach George were the greatest coaches a young person can have.
Who has been your most influential role model, outside of immediate family?
Lance Armstrong. We both shared a very similar experience that has really shaped our lives forever.
Describe one of the most interesting things you did on the team’s trip to Europe.
The most interesting things I did were to see the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. And if you’re ever in Germany, I recommend the Bratwurst!
Lyons’ Career Highs
Points—10 vs. Hampton (11/25/98); Rebounds—1 vs. New Hampshire (12/5/98); FG Made—3 vs. Hampton (11/25/98); FG Att.—4 vs. Hampton (11/25/98); 3 Pt. FG Att.—3 vs. Hampton (11/25/98), vs. New Hampshire (12/5/98); 3 Pt. FG Made—2 on three occasions; FT Made—2 vs. Hampton (11/25/98), vs. Elon (11/28/98); FT Att.—2 vs. Hampton (11/25/98), vs. Elon (11/28/98); Assists—2 vs. New Hampshire (12/5/98); Steals—1 vs. New Hampshire (12/5/98); Minutes—6 vs. Hampton (11/25/98)