By Nick Jones | Follow @Kernel_Nick
Trey Lyles, a power forward from the class of 2014, was on hand when UK kicked off the college basketball season at Big Blue Madness on Oct. 12.
“It was outstanding. They really put on a show there and it’s neat to see how all the Kentucky fans support their team,” said Lyles’ head coach at Arsenal Tech, Jason Delaney.
The fan support is something that stood out to Lyles more than anything during his unofficial visit.
“It was just really impressive. The fan support for a midnight madness, getting 24,000 people there,” Delaney said. “Coming from the state of Indiana where basketball is huge, it’s neat to see it down in Kentucky as well.”
The Indianapolis native was once committed to Indiana University, but according to Delaney, he has since re-opened his recruitment “to find the best situation for him and his future.”
Since Lyles made the decision to open his recruitment again, there have been many programs that have made the trip to Arsenal Tech to see him.
“Kentucky, Florida, Duke, Louisville, Michigan State, Georgetown, N.C. State, Stanford, UCLA, Gonzaga,” Delaney said. “Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.”
The one school that hasn’t made an effort to see the standout big man is IU, and according to Delaney, they are no longer involved in his recruitment.
Right now though, the 6-foot-10 forward is less concerned with his recruiting process and more concerned with his upcoming high school season at Arsenal Tech.
“He’s really focusing on the high school season, and once that’s over, then he will do the next stage and narrow it down,” he said.
Lyles’ trip to Big Blue Madness was his last visit of the fall and is one that he will continue to think about throughout his high school season.
Not only did he enjoy the event itself, but he enjoyed the company of the other 2014 recruits that attended Big Blue Madness with him as well.
“He knows and plays on the same AAU team as JaQuan (Lyle), so they are good friends, so it was nice for him. And he knows Cliff (Alexander) from playing against him and they talk with Twitter and stuff like that. So he has good friendships with those guys.”
Cliff Alexander is a 6-foot-9, 240-pound center who is a consensus top-10 player in the 2014 class. At 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, Lyle is a top-15 point guard in the class of 2014.
Adding Trey Lyles to the group would make for an elite combination at the college level, and Delaney seems to think the three stars would work together quite well.
“Trey is 6-foot-10, but he is not a back to the basket guy. That is one of the skill sets he has, but he is very good on the perimeter. So with a guy like Cliff Alexander, who is a presence down on the low block, I think they would go well together,” he said. “And then you have JaQuan (Lyle) who is a talented point guard.”
UK head coach John Calipari is still working to obtain the final pieces for what is already an incredible 2013 class, but it seems as though he and the rest of the coaching staff has made quite an impression on Trey Lyles and other top recruits in the class of 2014.