College Basketball Recruiting

Trey Lyles to Kentucky: Wildcats Land 5-Star PF Prospect

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com/Kelly Kline, adidas
Photo Credit: 247Sports.com/Kelly Kline, adidas
Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 5, 2013

Trey Lyles, a 5-star power forward prospect who hails from Indianapolis' Arsenal Technical High School, announced on Tuesday that he has committed to the University of Kentucky Wildcats.

Kentucky Sports Television host Thomas Beisner was on the scene to break the news:

Trey Lyles headed to Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/NUFWAaQlCu

— Thomas Beisner (@thomasbeisner) November 5, 2013

According to the ESPNU telecast, it is Lyles' 18th birthday, and he now gets to celebrate in style.

Lyles is the No. 2 power forward and the 10th-ranked high school prospect overall in the class of 2014, according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings

The newly declared Wildcat joins a stacked 2014 class along with 5-star center Karl Towns Jr. and 4-star guards Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis.

According to Lyles' recruiting profile on ESPN.com (subscription required), he had committed to the hometown Indiana Hoosiers in September 2010, but decommitted last August.

At 6'9" and 235 pounds, Lyles already has a solid frame and plenty of room to fill it out. A slight lack of physicality is one of the only criticisms that can be placed on Lyles at this point, but he has time to accrue strength at the collegiate level.   

Not only is Lyles a threat to post up on the lower block with an array of moves to finish close to the rim, but he also has a stellar face-up game, per Paul Biancardi's scouting report on ESPN.com (subscription required).

Lyles' range extends up to 17 feet and even to the three-point arc, which is a testament to his excellent touch and finesse for his size. Possessing that type of offensive versatility at such an early stage in his career should allow Lyles' progress to accelerate in college.

On the defensive end, the top-flight prospect holds his ground and is capable of blocking shots.

In perhaps the pinnacle of praise, the previously linked ESPN.com profile notes that Lyles is reminiscent of a young Tim Duncan with regard to his offensive arsenal.

If that is any indication of Lyles' potential, the sky seems to be the limit for him moving forward. He could very well be a one-and-done after his freshman season.

 

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