The nation's No. 1 power forward in the junior class hasn't spent much time focused on recruiting since the season started.
Instead, the fruits of Trey Lyles' labor can be seen in the gaudy stats he's been putting up on a nightly basis. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound standout from Indianapolis Arsenal Technical High School is averaging close to 22 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and four blocked shots per game.
Yes, you read that right. Averaging.
"It's been a good season for him so far," said the player's father, Tom Lyles. "He's really carried over a lot of that improvement from last spring and summer, and all of his focus right now is on winning that state championship.
"He could probably be putting up 30, 40 a night, but he's been so focused on helping the team win and making sure the team gets better, that he's sacrificed some of the shots he could be getting."
Aresenal Tech is 14-2 on the year, and the Kentucky staff should be tracking Lyles as he pursues a coveted state title.
"They've been staying in touch, letting us know that they're still very much interested," Tom Lyles said. "We've talked a little bit about getting back down there for a game sometime. We had a great time at (Big Blue Madness) but that was a different type of environment than a game. A great environment, but different. So Trey would like to get back down there and see a game."
The Lyles have been quiet on the subject of recruiting since the end of the summer. Don't expect that to change.
"We needed to back off a bit," Tom Lyles said. "We haven't been doing many interviews. And very little has changed. It's the same group of schools talking to him for the most part."
Lyles has been drawing strong interest from programs like UK, Duke, Butler, Florida, North Carolina, Louisville, Michigan State, UCLA, Georgetown and Stanford.
Cats keeping in touch with Lyles
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