Former Indiana commit Trey Lyles isn’t overlooking schools in his native Hoosier State, although he has eliminated the hometown Hoosiers from consideration. The Indianapolis native simply has his eyes set on another commonwealth in particular:
The Bluegrass State.
Although he insists publicly he has no favorite, a person with intimate knowledge of his recruitment tells Busting Brackets Lyles is looking strongly at Kentucky and Louisville. Add this log to the inferno fueling one of college basketball’s bitterest rivalries.
The most coveted power forward in the high school junior class, Lyles pared down his recruiting list to six schools on Sunday: Butler, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville and UCLA. He officially crossed off Indiana — to whom he committed at the beginning of his freshman year — along with North Carolina and Michigan State. The hometown Bulldogs are the lone in-state representative on his list, further validating the ascension of the program under head coach Brad Stevens.
The Hoosiers had stopped actively recruiting Lyles once he de-committed from the school. Since that time, according to a source, Kentucky has gained the most traction on the coveted prospect.
“Kentucky has been pushing the hardest on Trey,” said the source. “And he’s certainly noticed. UK has a big edge in that regard.”
Lyles reopened his recruitment primarily so he, too, could experience the fun in being pursued by brand-name colleges. The Arsenal Tech star settled on a school prematurely and thus never garnered the national publicity many of his peers, still undecided, have enjoyed. Lyles, according to the source, grew jealous that his peers were having fun with the process while he was locked into a school.