"Miami was the first high major school to offer me," Lykes said. "Coach [Jamal] Brunt, who originally was at Richmond, was the first coach to offer me. He took a coaching job at Miami and got Coach [Jim Larrañaga] to see me play and since then, coach L and I have had a great relationship for almost 2 years now."
Lykes, a 5-foot-7 lead guard, took his official visit to Miami the weekend of June 4th. He also took an official visit to Villanova. Georgetown, VCU, Notre Dame, Stanford and a host of other schools were involved.
"Their style of play fits mine perfectly," he added about Miami. "They ran 900 ball screens last year, something that I feel I excel in pretty well. It's overall a great school, but most importantly they have a great engineering program that will allow me to balance basketball and academics. I couldn't go wrong with any of the choices that I had, but my heart was with Miami and it always has been since watching Shane Larkin."
Lykes is coming off a terrific season at Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga, where he was named WCAC Player of the Year.
Lykes followed that up with an impressive spring campaign with Team Takeover. He's averaging 19.9 points and 2.8 assists a game, while shooting 39-percent from the three-point stripe.
Lykes recently moved into Scout's top 100 and ranks No. 93 overall and as the No. 21 point guard in the class.