Monday, September 23, 2013
Five-star PF Trey Lyles names final two
By Reggie Rankin
Five-star power forward Trey Lyles (Indianapolis/Arsenal Technical) has trimmed his list to Kentucky and Louisville, setting up a bluegrass recruiting battle between a couple of college basketball heavyweights. Lyles eliminated home state Butler and SEC power Florida after decommitting from Indiana back in August 2012.
"It came down to being close to home where my parents can see me play, the history of both head coaches, how they develop players and put them into the NBA" Lyles said.
Trey Lyles has narrowed it down to Kentucky or Louisville, but has no timetable on a final decision.
Lyles, No. 4 in the ESPN 100, the No. 2 power forward and the No. 1 player in Indiana, is a very skilled forward who is a match-up nightmare. He can score inside and out with great patience, footwork, feel and touch. His back to the basketball post moves and ball fakes to move the defense are fun to watch him execute. Lyles is also an excellent passer and area rebounder. He is a solid position defender and has an excellent overall basketball IQ as well.
Both Kentucky coach John Calipari and Louisville coach Rick Pitino have talked to Lyles in depth on how he would fit into their offenses.
"They both said I would be a stretch 4, be a player they can reverse the ball through play on the perimeter,” he said. “A player that they would find the mismatch and put me in the best position to score.”
Lyles visited the Cardinals in August and will take his official visit to Kentucky on Oct. 18, around the same time he took an unofficial last year for the BBN festivities.
"Both coach Calipari and coach Pitino have a family atmosphere and I love how the head coach does the individual instruction, not just the assistant coaches," Lyles said.
As far as a final decision, Lyles is going to continue to evaluate both situations closely and figure out which one is the best overall fit.
"I am undecided on a decision date at this time," he said.
One thing for sure is that Lexington, Louisville and, for that matter, the entire state of Kentucky will be watching and waiting.