New coach has high expectations for Lyles, Tech

  • 08/02/2011 6:24 am in


Jason Delaney was announced as the head coach at Arsenal Tech High School on May 11.

And with less than 90 days on the job thus far, the 34-year old Delaney has seen enough of his star sophomore, Indiana commitment Trey Lyles, to get a pretty good idea of what he’ll be working with over the next three seasons.

“With Trey, I see a kid that constantly wants to get better,” Delaney told Inside the Hall at the GRBA National Championships in Fort Wayne. “He’s always in the gym either lifting to get stronger or working on his shot or working on the little parts of his game. Even the conditioning aspect of it. The kid that everyone saw last year, by this season, is going to be a beast because he’s constantly wanting to get better.”

National accolades have come quickly for the 15-year old Lyles, who was named the MaxPreps.com National Freshman of the Year last season after averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds at Tech.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward was also named to the adidas Nations USA 2013 team and the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National team.

But perhaps more impressive than those accolades is the advanced basketball IQ Lyles posseses.

“He studies the game. When he’s at home, he’s watching old games on TV and breaking them down and studying,” Delaney said. “He’s kind of like a Peyton Manning clone. Where Peyton’s always studying tape, that’s what Trey’s always doing because he wants to be as good as he can possibly be.”

The challenge for Delaney is to turn around a Tech program that finished last season 7-13 and saw its season end with a 24-point loss to Avon in the sectional.

The early results have been encouraging as the Titans advanced all the way to the championship game of June’s USSFA High School Shootout at Carmel before falling to Lawrence North.

“I think challenging for a sectional title is definitely one of our goals because its been since 1978 since we’ve won one,” Delaney said. “Once you get past the sectional, anything is possible. In the next three years, definitely our goal is to get better and compete for a state championship.”

If that lofty goal is to be achieved at Tech over the next three seasons, the leadership of Lyles with both his play and being vocal could be the key.

“A lot of it (his leadership) right now is just through his play is how he leads,” he said. “There are some guys who lead vocally and there’s some guys that do it by their actions and right now it’s his actions. As he gets older and we get into the season, we want him to lead more vocally, too, because he has his platform. He has a great gift.”

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

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  • This is the recruit that excites me the most.  I hope his commitment holds up.  He could be the best IU has ever had.

  • This is the recruit that excites me the most.  I hope his commitment holds up.  He could be the best IU has ever had.

  • base

    Mamba can hoop. Lower body strength will make him “Sully” strong in the post, plus he can step out and knock it down. The best part about Mamba is he’s a great student.

  • base

    Mamba can hoop. Lower body strength will make him “Sully” strong in the post, plus he can step out and knock it down. The best part about Mamba is he’s a great student.

  • base

    Mamba can hoop. Lower body strength will make him “Sully” strong in the post, plus he can step out and knock it down. The best part about Mamba is he’s a great student.

  • Anonymous

    I like that he is a huge IU fan.  I see his family behind the bench for all the games.  He also commited really quick, so he must have had his eye on IU for a long time.  I know if I were him, I would have found out how soon I could sign up to be a Hoosier and make it known.  I think he is in it for the long haul.  He is always tweeting about IU and is engaged in the program.  Great get.  I agree with Tim.  This will be the one that Purdue and other area schools will be the most jealous of in a few years.

  • kristheboss

    I love how people focus on his IQ so often, thats one thing Dirk Nowitski talks most about, is that he thinks his understanding of the angles on the court and the way that players fill space has grown the most since his drafting in the NBA. Thats the sort of diligence it took Dirk to win the title, and the type of diligence thats going to make Trey leaguebound shortly. 

  • kristheboss

    I love how people focus on his IQ so often, thats one thing Dirk Nowitski talks most about, is that he thinks his understanding of the angles on the court and the way that players fill space has grown the most since his drafting in the NBA. Thats the sort of diligence it took Dirk to win the title, and the type of diligence thats going to make Trey leaguebound shortly. 

  • kristheboss

    I love how people focus on his IQ so often, thats one thing Dirk Nowitski talks most about, is that he thinks his understanding of the angles on the court and the way that players fill space has grown the most since his drafting in the NBA. Thats the sort of diligence it took Dirk to win the title, and the type of diligence thats going to make Trey leaguebound shortly. 

  • whats his handle on twitter?

  • whats his handle on twitter?

  • Anonymous

    TreyMambaLyles

  • Indiana UK FAN!

    Is his new coach the same Delaney that got fired from Southport a couple of years ago?

  • Indiana UK FAN!

    Is his new coach the same Delaney that got fired from Southport a couple of years ago?

  • Indiana UK FAN!

    Is his new coach the same Delaney that got fired from Southport a couple of years ago?