2014 power forward Trey Lyles has de-committed from Indiana on Thursday despite the Hoosiers pre-season #1 ranking and the very promising future of the program under head coach Tom Crean.
Lyles has insisted that Indiana is still #1 on his list as he opens things back up. Kentucky, Syracuse, Illinois, North Carolina, Kansas, UCLA, Duke and Georgetown according to sources, are all after the Indianapolis top prospect. Lyles is a very advanced player for his age and has a very diverse and well rounded game.
Lyles can face up and take it to the basket himself and has a nice mid range jumpshot from 17 feet in. He’s also a terrific traditional big man in the post and a great mix of post moves. An outstanding athlete, the 6-9 Lyles often leads the break and even sets up the offense in the half court for his high school team.
The junior standout plans to take some official visits before deciding when to make his decision (again). In my view this is just another case of a teenager unsure of a major decision he’s facing. Much like the Troy Williams situation, some will hold this high school junior to unrealistic standards expecting him to be a professional adult and make all the right decisions despite being so young.
Here’s what Trey’s father had to say about his son’s decision to explore other options.
“He really does need something to compare (IU) to,” Tom Lyles said. “I was against the early commitment to begin with. However, I wanted it to be his decision and I was going to support him regardless. . . . He asked me once if coaches would still recruit him if he made the verbal. I told him the sneaky ones will and the ones who are about the right things aren’t going to.”
Lyles would be a terrific player in Carolinas system. I view Carolina as a long shot here, I’m betting on a re-commitment to Indiana when the dust settles.