Lyons has been without two probable starters during summer league basketball play, which is par for the course.
What rising junior point guard Harrison Niego and the rest of the Lions have accomplished while Sam Cybulski is playing baseball and Matt Mrazek is with the football team has coach Tom Sloan feeling good about 2013-14.
Lyons won three in a row by more than 30 points to enter the championship bracket of the 46-team West Aurora Shootout over the weekend and entered the week with a 6-2 record in league play at Riverside-Brookfield.
"We've been playing well so far with the guys we have," Sloan said. "And with a couple other athletes we hope come out, we think we can be very competitive.
"I think a lot will depend how well we shoot the ball. We worked really hard on skills this spring, and that has shown this summer. It's a matter of continuing to work, and hopefully we'll have some success."
The 6-foot-1 Niego followed up an all-conference sophomore season as Lyons' floor general with a strong showing in the AAU circuit this spring.
The son of Joe Niego, who was picked by the Houston Rockets in the fourth round of the 1987 NBA draft and made national news in 1985 as one of the four Niego brothers to start for Lewis University, Harrison recently received a scholarship offer from Illinois-Chicago.
A bit under the radar outside the immediate area, he could be among Chicagoland's breakout performers next winter.
"He has been playing well," Sloan said.
Aside from Cybulski and Mrazek, who likely will be college players in their others sports, 6-foot-3 forward Chris Hester is the only returning player who saw significant varsity playing time.
Three former junior-varsity players — Jimmy Cullen, Omarr Gilbert and Griffin Furlong — appear to be ready for prime time.
"It is hard to tell what to make of summer games, because wins and losses depend on who shows up and who doesn't," Sloan said. "But our guys are playing well."