"It was a lot of fun," Lydon said. "There were a lot of good kids there. The competition was pretty good. Just being with the coaches and everything, it was a really good atmosphere. I had a lot of fun."
The camp wasn't just a positive experience because of the atmosphere and competition. Lydon picked up an offer from the Orange before he returned home.
"Syracuse started looking at me two years ago when I went to the elite camp," Lydon said. "Then it all just kind of been taking off since then. Playing in the EYBL, they got a chance to see me quite a bit. Over the summer they were at a lot of tournaments. In July they said they were considering offering me. Sure enough they offered at the camp. Which I figured they were going to because they said they wanted to sit down with me and my parents.
"They just said they offered me a scholarship and that they want me really bad. They said they'd love to have me. I know that Boeheim was talking to my parents about how I'd be used in their system and everything. I know he talked to them for awhile while I was playing. They said I'll be playing the wing and I'd be a go to go. I know Hopkins said I'd be playing the wing."
Despite anticipating the offer, it still took the 6-foot-8.5 forward by surprise.
"I was really happy," Lydon said. "But to be honest I think I was more in shock. It's always great to hear when a school is offering but from such a big school. I was in shock and it hit me the other day. I was really happy and was like, ‘wow that really happened.'"
As one of the most talented forwards in his class, Syracuse isn't the only school that has recognized what Lydon can do on the hardwood. He says he has a bunch offers, including some recent ones from bigger name programs.
"I got offers recently from Florida and Virginia," Lydon said. "Iowa, Clemson and a lot of really good schools. I think I'm up to like seventeen offers or fifteen or something. But Syracuse is definitely towards the top, that's for sure."
Despite being a ways away from a final decision, Lydon is anticipating a visit to Syracuse to watch the Orange in action this season. It won't be his first time experiencing a game day atmosphere.
"I went to a game I want to say last year," Lydon said. "It may have been two years ago. But I definitely want to try to get up to a game this season and maybe do something else. The atmosphere was crazy. That day they broke the record for most in attendance. There was more than 30,000 people there. That's everyone's dream to play in front of that many people."