Q & A: Trey Lyles at 2012 Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — 2014 Indianapolis Tech forward Trey Lyles gave a verbal commitment to Indiana coach Tom Crean before playing a game in high school and since that time, he’s helped lead the resurgence of the Indianapolis Tech program while also keeping a close eye on his future team in Bloomington.

Inside the Hall caught up with Lyles, one of the top 10 players nationally in his class, at last weekend’s Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam at Spiece Fieldhouse for a couple of Q & A, which are available below:

On how the Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) has gone so far:

“It’s good for a challenge, it makes you play up to your abilities and makes you come together as a team and play together as one and I think we’ve done that very well for the first two sessions, you know we had some let offs in three of the games that we lost, but I think we’ve grown from that and become a better team.”

On what it was like to play against Julius Randle, one of the top 2013 players nationally:

“You know it was good. He’s a good physical guy, really strong, he can pull up. Really plays the 3/4 position, he’s a good matchup for me.”

On his sophomore season at Indianapolis Tech:

“I thought it was pretty good. We had our best record in 22 years, and I really went out there and played my game and played to the best of my ability and put up numbers, and hopefully for next year we can be a little bit better.”

On how he’s evolving as a leader within the Tech program:

“You have to lead the guys by example. The best player has to lead them so just have to lead them on and off the court and play hard all of the time.”

On what he’s been working on since the end of the high school season:

“Strictly guard moves. You know, being able to play the two and three position. Shooting, lots of shooting and a lot of ball handling drills.”

On the position he sees himself playing in college:

“Mainly just a three or a four. Some five if I have a mismatch. Just wherever the mismatch is.”

On the areas of his game where he’s noticing improvement:

“Being more aggressive when I have the ball. And when I don’t have the ball, going to get it. Really just being aggressive and attacking the basket.”

On his mindset while playing with talented teammates on Spiece Indy Heat:

“Really just see what the defense is giving us. If they’re laying off of me, I just go ahead and attack everybody. We find the open person and attack.”

On the absence of his friend and teammate James Blackmon Jr. this spring and summer:

“It would be good to have him, but learning to be able to play without him is good. But, you know once he gets back, he’s gonna come back 100% better and better than he was before, so it’s really just a waiting process.

On Indiana’s run to the Sweet 16:

“I thought it was great. Great for the program, it put them back on top and really showed that they’re a national team now. With everything they’ve done in the past and they’re getting better and better as the years go on.”

On how good he expects Indiana to be next season:

“I think they can have a Final Four type team because they have a lot of scorers, a lot of defensive guys and a lot of athleticism. So they’ll be able to run with any team in the nation. Hopefully they can just play up to their capabilities.”

On whether he saw Indiana’s turnaround coming this past season:

“Yeah. I thought Victor (Oladipo) and Will Sheehey really turned it on. You could tell that they matured a lot in their game and they went out there and demonstrated that they were better than they were their freshman year. Hopefully this year they’ll be even better and it can lead them to a Final Four or championship.”

On the advice he receives from his coach at Tech, Jason Delaney:

“Just being more aggressive and becoming a better leader.”

Alex Bozich and Joe Eberhardt contributed to this report.

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    Think Trey is going to be a beast by the time he gets to college. Would love to see him get another inch or two, keep working on his strength, and post moves and aggressiveness. He’s going to be a special player at Indiana.

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    Think Trey is going to be a beast by the time he gets to college. Would love to see him get another inch or two, keep working on his strength, and post moves and aggressiveness. He’s going to be a special player at Indiana.

  • Hardwood83

    Speaking of his height, how tall is he? I’ve seen him listed from 6’8″ to 6’10”. Based on that picture I’m guessing closer to 6’7″-6’8″.

  • HoosierDadE

    “Just wherever the mismatch is”
    Trey is a walking mismatch for the other team…great quote

  • HoosierDadE

    “Just wherever the mismatch is”
    Trey is a walking mismatch for the other team…great quote

  • http://www.indyhshoops.com/ Joe Indy Hoops

    I would say call him 6-8, but that’s just my take. That way you aren’t overlisting him, but also aren’t selling him short. Think 6-10 is a stretch.

  • SCHoosier

    Sounds like he wants a floor game like Watfords..inside and out. I think he’s probably quicker..and as long as he’ll bang in the post..sounds like his all around game is right on target. He and Blackmon will be a dynamic duo for the Hoosiers..so keep’em locked up TC!

  • HoosierTrav

    he was exactly as tall as Jabari Parker who is listed at 6’8″

  • HoosierTrav

    he was exactly as tall as Jabari Parker who is listed at 6’8″

  • HoosierTrav

    He will have Eric Gordon/Cody Zeller like impact immediately.

  • WisconHoosier

    It’s such a plus that he can play his natural 3/4 position at IU.

    Jurkin and Fischer, both around 6’11 or so, will be established in the post by the time Trey arrives. So if you’re an opposing coach, who guards Trey? He’ll post up small guys, and drive past big guys. If you double team him, he’ll get 15 assists as cutters fly for open dunks.

    If they play zones, our sniper shooters will destroy them.

    What a great time to be an IU fan.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Mismatch: positions 1-5

  • 888

    I agree. Players like Trey and cody dont grow on trees. They are skilled basketball players but also have the mental part as well. Whats great about who CTCs bringing in is you dont hear anything about poor attitudes or off the court issues. They are great students as well and thats what seperates us and Duke from the other great programs. Duke and IU have student athletes not just basketball players.

  • millzy32

    He looks at least 5-6 inches taller than Blackmon jr. What’s he listed at 6’2″ or 6’3″? Trey’s gotta be 6’8″ or 9″
    Just read an article about Derrik Smits class of 2015? 6’9″ already. Ready to grow some more like big Papa Rik. When are we gonna sign this kid up? I’d love to have Smitty’s son on the team.

  • N71

    Trey is clearly going to be a great player but I’m curious what kind of guy he is. We really got to know Jordy, Cody, and now more recently Yogi, good solid dudes. They were high profile for several years here locally so there was quite a bit of exposure. I’ve been curious to understand why Trey chose Tech over other options like Cathedral, Park Tudor, etc. Deciding to stay at Tech is somewhat missionary work on Trey’s part, I wonder if he’s a community oriented guy and leader in the making. If you’re as good as he was in 8th grade you can go anywhere…this is an assumption, not a fact. Tech is big and I imagine you’re faced to deal with certain things you just wouldn’t have to confront at a private school. He chose the difficult path and that is admirable. By the time he graduates high school he will be an IPS legend like George McGinnis and little dudes all over the city will want to be just like him.

  • N71

    Trey is clearly going to be a great player but I’m curious what kind of guy he is. We really got to know Jordy, Cody, and now more recently Yogi, good solid dudes. They were high profile for several years here locally so there was quite a bit of exposure. I’ve been curious to understand why Trey chose Tech over other options like Cathedral, Park Tudor, etc. Deciding to stay at Tech is somewhat missionary work on Trey’s part, I wonder if he’s a community oriented guy and leader in the making. If you’re as good as he was in 8th grade you can go anywhere…this is an assumption, not a fact. Tech is big and I imagine you’re faced to deal with certain things you just wouldn’t have to confront at a private school. He chose the difficult path and that is admirable. By the time he graduates high school he will be an IPS legend like George McGinnis and little dudes all over the city will want to be just like him.

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

    This kid is just sick and I can’t wait to see him in the candy stripes. I don’t know that there has ever been a player I have been as excited to see get to IU as much as Lyles. He may end up #1 or #2 in his class by the time he graduates cause he can do it all and has size. He also does remind me a lot of Tim Duncan as many people have compared them before, even his shot is very similar. Hope he stays for at least 2-3 years but I see him as probably a 1 and done.

  • HoosierDadE

    Back when I “created myself” in either NCAA basketball or NBA live on Playstation…I would always have the skill set of Trey. Big man who could shoot, drive, post up, be awesome, dunk, etc…
    Too bad the real me failed at those skill sets. Oh well, at least I’m an amazing IU fan.

  • HoosierDadE

    If they did grow on trees…that tree would be even more amazing than the Stub Hub Ticket Oak
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srT4hqYTYz4

  • 888

    I think his dads a coach at Tech. Thats why he wanted to play there.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Somehow the create-a-player for myself always ended up looking like Shawn Bradley (i.e. unreasonably tall/skinny white guy).

  • ThePureDivine

    That Isn’t way he chose to go there. They have a real good magnet program and as a family decision he wanted to go there. He didnt like the school around him.

  • ThePureDivine

    That Isn’t way he chose to go there. They have a real good magnet program and as a family decision he wanted to go there. He didnt like the school around him.

  • ThePureDivine

    Trey is 6’10 people and reporters don’t know what they are talking about.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    He’s not 6-10. I just stood beside him last weekend. 6-8 is more accurate.

  • dtfreed

    How many HS player talk like this, Trey has a very B-ball IQ.

  • MisterSlippery

    I love that Trey plays at Tech. I live literally a block away and can watch him play. It’s great.

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