According to sources from the Indianapolis Star, the Indiana Hoosiers have received a verbal commitment from the no.1 recruit in the 2014 class, Trey Lyles. The local newspaper in Bloomington, The Herald-Times, confirmed the commitment from James and his father last night at around 9:50PM.
Lyles is a fellow AAU teammate of Indiana commit James Blackmon Jr. who gave his verbal earlier this month. Lyles is rated the no.1 rated prospect of the 2014 class by ESPN, and he gives the Hoosiers diversity as he has a tall 6'9" frame. The scary thing about Lyles is that he is 6'9" as a 14 year-old and may still grow and inch or two.
With the addition of Lyles, the Hoosiers have two of the best prospects in the 2014 class (Trey Lyles No. 1, James Blackmon Jr. No. 6). Hoosier fans however shouldn’t get too excited about the commitments, as the two athletes are only freshmen in high school.
The recruiting process doesn’t stop until their senior year, and college coaches will be all over them to try and sway their opinion. (Remember Eric Gordon?)
However, if the Hoosiers can maintain these two commitments, Indiana can be the powerhouse that Tom Crean imagined to establish when he first took the job in 2008.
Another positive note Hoosier fans can take from this is that the intense recruiting by Tom Crean seems to be paying dividends as the Hoosiers have received four verbal commitments since July of this summer. Hopefully the trend continues as top-ranked recruits, namely Cody Zeller, will announce their decision this winter.
With the rebuilding efforts of Tom Crean, Hoosier fans have garnered hope as they look forward to the future of Indiana basketball. As Crean said himself, "I want to be at an Indiana that’s getting ready to win championships again," and he is certainly pointing the program in that direction.
Stay tuned Hoosier fans and get excited, because Indiana basketball is back.