Jairus Lyles knows something about attracting a crowd. Even before Lyles led the UMBC men’s basketball team to its historic victory over top-seed Virginia in the 2018 NCAA tournament, Lyles got his share of attention from opposing defenses playing the Retrievers.
These days he faces a different type of scrutiny.
A little more than two months after UMBC found itself a household name — with Lyles as the headliner — by becoming the first No. 16 seed to win a game since the NCAA tournament expanded in 1985, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard is trying to show he can make the jump from college to the pros.
Lyles understands how he will always be defined by what he did in March —...