During the seventies, the best two big men in deaf
clubs basketball were 6’8 Leon Grant, who played for
North Carolina Central University and 6’5 Don Lyons
who played for UNLV. Which player was the better?
The battle deaf fans eagerly awaited took place in
the 1972 National Deaf Tournament championship finals.
Grant scored 44 points while Lyons scored 31 points.
Grant’s Carolinas team defeated Lyons’ Oakland team
87-76 to win the championship.
They would face each other several more times before
their careers tapered off, but the first one was epic.
Grant averaged 17 points a game in his collegiate
career; Lyons’ play at UNLV earned him a spot in the
UNLV athletic hall of fame.