The RecruitmentOn September 26th of 2010, Trey Lyles, who at the time had yet to play a high school game, committed to Tom Crean and Indiana. The Hoosier held on to that commitment until August 7th of 2012 when Lyles opted to re-open his recruitment.
Ranked among the top 10 players in the country, Lyles immediately had interest from a host of high major programs. Among the schools that began recruiting him were Butler, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State, Purdue, Texas and UCLA. While all of the schools began showing interest, the rumors were that Lyles had strong interest in Kentucky and they were quickly rumored as the team to beat.
Fast-forward to February 11th of this year and Lyles released a list of six – Butler, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville and UCLA. In July he then cut it to Butler, Florida, Kentucky and Louisville. In September he made a final cut, narrowing his list to Louisville and Kentucky.
Lyles took multiple unofficial visits to both Louisville and Kentucky. He officially visited Louisville the weekend of August 31st. Lyles took his official visit to Kentucky during their Big Blue Madness festivities the weekend of October 18th.
The TalentWhat sticks out about Lyles, who checks in at 6-foot-9, 225-pounds, is what he brings to the table on the offensive end. He has an advanced scoring package that allows him to score both with his back to the basket and facing the rim.
On the block he has a variety of moves, including hook shots over either shoulder. He's confident with his moves and while he doesn't overly hurry, he does make quick, aggressive decisions once he receives the ball on the block.
Lyles has a great set of mitts that catch most entry passes with ease. He also has very good touch on his shots around the rim. When facing the rim, Lyles has a consistent jump shot off the catch from mid-range out to 22-feet.
Mobility wise, Lyles moves fine getting up and down the floor. He also maneuvers well around the basket and has good footwork. He's not going to wow you athletically, but he's still solid in that area.
PredictionsEvan Daniels: Since Trey Lyles backed off his commitment to Indiana the thought has been Kentucky was the leader. Louisville put together a strong effort and had him on campus a number of times. Rick Pitino also built a very strong relationship with Lyles' father – Tom. With all that said, I'm not sold that Kentucky ever relinquished their lead. Lyles visited UK for their Big Blue Madness and was on campus for multiple unofficial visits. Prediction: Kentucky
Brian Snow: From the day Lyles announced that he was no longer committed to Indiana, a lot of the focus has been on the Kentucky Wildcats. Lyles has made numerous visits to Lexington to check out the program, and they seem to remain the smart choice. Louisville and Rick Pitino have done and excellent job, but Lyles just seems like a kid who wants to be a Wildcat, and for that reason he seems destined to play his college basketball for John Calipari. Prediction: Kentucky