NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Trey Lyles said little had changed about his recruitment when media first gathered around him Thursday night during the Nike EYBL Finals at Peach Jam.
Moments later, it had.
Lyles, a five-star player from Indianapolis and the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2014, announced via his Twitter social network that he was down to four schools: Kentucky, Louisville, Florida and Butler. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward dropped Duke and UCLA from consideration.
Just back in the U.S. after spending several weeks with the Canadian junior national team at the FIBA Americas U18 championship, Lyles said he had not heard much from his prospective schools of late.
"I'm just kind of getting back into it today," said Lyles after scoring 21 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in his first game back with Spiece Indy Heat.
Asked what he liked about two rivals on his final list of schools, Kentucky and Louisville, Lyles said: "You know they got great coaches, great legacies, good players coming in, and they always seem to have a way of getting guys to the NBA."
And regarding the differences between the Cats and the Cards, Lyles raised some eyebrows with his next comment.
"I'd say there really isn't a lot of difference except that Kentucky has younger players and they get guys to the league faster than Louisville, but Louisville might develop their players a little bit better."
Lyles shot down speculation that UK and UofL, the last two national champions, are his leaders.
"I heard a lot of rumors about that, but since I've been overseas, everybody's really equal," he said. "There's no leader or anything."
The next step in his recruiting process will be "trying to sit down with the coaches and talk, get to know them better, really see what they're thinking about me in their programs, what positions and the spots they'd use me," Lyles said.
Lyles would like to play what he described as a "stretch 4" position, a power forward that can also be played out to the 3-point arc. "Someone who can play facing the basket or with their back to the basket," he said, noting that he likes comparisons some have made to a smaller version of Tim Duncan.
Some UK fans may see a bit of Terrence Jones or Patrick Patterson in his game. He said Florida has compared him to former Gator standouts Chandler Parsons and Al Horford. Louisville has suggested Earl Clark. Butler likens him to Gordon Hayward.
His last in-depth conversation with UK coach John Calipari came just before he departed with the Canadian squad in early June.
"It's been a long time since then," he said. "There's been a lot going on since that time."
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