The importance of Trey Lyles committing to Kentucky comes down to much more than his talent. It's because Lyles has his list cut to two teams.
One of those teams is the Kentucky Wildcats.
The other team is Louisville.
After missing out on arguably the top point guard in Emmanuel Mudiay and having Cliff Alexander, the No. 1 player in the class, take Kentucky off his list, John Calipari and the Wildcats need to land another top-10 player to help replace those expected to leave after this season.
Besides the obvious reason of losing a top recruit to their rival, Kentucky needs Lyles to decide on the Blue and White to be the go-to scorer for the Wildcats in 2014-15. The Indiana native is a big-time scorer who can help stretch the floor with his height.
Most importantly, his commitment to Kentucky will help the progression of point guard Tyler Ulis, who already committed to the Wildcats earlier this month. Ulis, a 4-star point guard, is expected to be more than a one-and-done player due to his lack of height and recent explosion on the scene.
However, some people might argue the most important reason for Lyles to decide to go to Lexington instead of Louisville is the fact it will keep Big Blue Nation sane. If they were to lose a top recruit to Rick Pitino and the Cardinals, there will be some upset Wildcats fans.