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
AllWildcats Top Stories
Cats Romp To 19-1 Win Over GamecocksNick Mingione first UK head coach to reach 30-win plateau in first season.
AllWildcatsFriday at 8:34 PM
Highlights of Top 20 UK signee Nick RichardsKentucky signed Scout's 16th ranked 2017 prospect in Nick Richards. Here are highlights of the five-star center at Nike Hoop Summit Practices.
Scout HoopsThursday at 9:16 AM
Cats Blank Xavier 6-0Freshman left-hander tosses six innings of one-hit, shutout baseball.
AllWildcatsWednesday at 7:34 PM
Nike EYBL: Top PerformersHAMPTON, Va. -- Nike held their first Elite Youth Basketball League session over the weekend at the Boo Williams Sportsplex. Who were the top performers of the weekend? Marvin…
Scout HoopsWednesday at 8:24 AM