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Trey Lyles no longer committed to Indiana, opens up his recruitment

Aug 7, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT


That’s according to his coach at Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis, Jason Delaney.

“Trey Lyles has decided to open his recruitment. He loves IU & it is still #1 but he would like to have something to compare it to,” Delaney tweeted.

This is big news. Lyles is a top ten recruit in the Class of 2014. A native of Saskatchewan, Lyles moved to Indiana when he was in grade school and committed to the Hoosiers back in September of 2010, when he was just starting his freshman year in high school.

A 6-foot-8, 230 pound forward, Lyles has the size, strength and athleticism to bully defenders around the rim, but he’s graceful, coordinated and skilled enough to score from the perimeter. He had a terrific July, during the live recruiting period, which may have played a role in his decision to open up his recruitment. I saw him at the Nike Global Challenge, where he played for Team Canada and, in a couple of games, actually outshined his teammate Andrew Wiggins, who is the consensus best high school player in the country.

When you’re getting that kind of attention, it is only natural to want to see what other options are out there. According to’s Jeff Rabjohns, Nike schools Kentucky and Syracuse have been pushing hard on him. Indiana is sponsored by Adidas.

In what may have been a bit of foreshadowing, two hours before the news broke Tom Crean tweeted “I told my staff today that my football coaching friends think fb recruiting is like mbb recruiting because you have to deal with so many People that get involved. We think that more and more people never stop recruiting other school’s pledges. We are both right. Way of life.”

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Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. gmsalpha - Aug 7, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I’d hope the shoe and apparel deal the school has in place is not a deciding factor. Guys like this are only going to play one year and can sign with whichever company they want as pros.

    With that said, until the paperwork is done and the kid is on campus, you can never be sure where someone will sign and play. I’d love to see him go to Indiana, but for his future prospects, he’s gotta be very intrigued by the track record John Calipari has recently and if I were him, I’d take a long look at UK.

  2. imforbigblue - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    I wonder how long it will take all the haters to come out and say cal is cheating and offering money to this kid and what not. All these kids have to do is look at UK 15 players in the NBA in 3 years a elite 8 a FF and a NC to IU’s one good year in what 10 years

    • istillbelieveinblue - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      History is history, and facts are facts. Last year was Calipari’s first Final Four appearance not vacated by the NCAA. He was one Mario Chalmers three pointer from having to vacate a National Championship while at Memphis. With a track record like that, right or wrong, he will always be more under the microscope than other coaches.

    • jimfix - Aug 8, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Just for the record, IU has been in as many national championships in the last ten years as Kentucky.

  3. latchbeam - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    Tom… stop talking!

  4. fnc111 - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Above poster is incorrect. Calipari made the final four in the 2010-2011 season and lost to uconn. That appearance was not vacated. Get the facts straight.

    • istillbelieveinblue - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      I apologize for my inaccurate statement above, but you missed my point. He has a 20 year track record of problems with the NCAA. He has skipped town, leaving vacated wins in his wake at both Universities where he was head coach before Kentucky. imforbigblue referred to all the “haters”. UK fans, and Calipari, have to understand that a track record like that will bring increased scrutiny. Fair or not, that is reality. That’s all I was trying to get across.

  5. imforbigblue - Aug 8, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    For one coach Cal has NEVER been in trouble with the NCAA so right there your wrong. He has had two PLAYERS in trouble with the NCAA which cost him two FF’s but he himself has never done anything wrong.

    As for the IU fan don’t come talking that crap IU hasn’t been relevant in 10 years and been a UK whipping boy. You got lucky and hit the last second shot at home and beat UK on its worst game of the season, but when it really mattered UK spanked you in the turny on its way to its 8th title something you haven’t even been close to. Your not in the same league as UK try being good for mor than one year before you beat your chest

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Come on IFBB. You don’t really believe that! Be honest. He had TWO…count em’ TWO Final Fours vacated. Derek Rose’s SAT test was a fraud (he lived in Chicago and his test was mailed from Detroit)! Hahaha! Hell…your Mafia Don of a coach can’t even cheat well. You say he hasn’t been in trouble with the NCAA. That’s laughable. He had TWO Final Fours vacated as a direct result of losing control over his program(S). On second though…he NEVER had control to begin with. You can claim ignorance all you want. But everyone knows he is a slimy greaseball.
      And for the record…your overbearing attitude and overall piss poor personality are precisely the reasons everyone hates UK fans. Get a grip Stymie.

  6. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    They are/they’re is not the same as there. Maybe in Kentucky, but not in the rest of the english-speaking world.

    And seriously, this is about shoe sponsors?!

  7. imforbigblue - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Wow you have a sorry life if you have nothing better to do than correct words ppl Mis-use on a blog SMH

  8. rodster213 - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    Is some here trying to slight UK for they fear lyles is heading to Lexington?

    • dexterismyhero - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      No ifbb is just doing his normal stuff. Beating down on anything about IU or when anyone talks about Calipari..

      This is just about a shoe sponsor though.

      Lyles is a great talent and seems to ge a good kid. Good luck wherever he ends up.

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