Don Lyons played basketball, and other sports, at
California School for the Deaf at Berkeley during
the early sixties. He is recognized for being the
first deaf basketball player to make the jump from
deaf schools to NCAA-I level. After playing junior
college ball for two seasons, he played his
final two seasons at UNLV.

His play at UNLV earned him the university
athletic hall of fame honors. He was inducted
in 1987.

At UNLV he played 57 games, averaging 15.9
points per game, including a senior season
average of 18.9 points per game.

He then had a stellar career in AAAD; having
these epic battles with Leon Grant, who
played college ball at North Carolina Central
(NCAA-II at that time).