Lyles adds his name to Indiana’s 2014 class

  • 09/26/2010 10:19 pm in

In 2014, I will be 27. Barack Obama, should he be re-elected, will be less than three years from his constitutionally-mandated removal from office. And Trey Lyles will begin his freshman year in Bloomington.

The 6-foot-9 forward from Indianapolis’ Tech High School, already considered one of the state’s top prospects in the 2014 class, joined friend and AAU teammate James Blackmon Jr. on Sunday when he gave Indiana a verbal commitment. Our fellows at the Hoosier Scoop have the details.

Lyles joins Blackmon, a long-armed guard who plays for his father — former Kentucky standout James Blackmon Sr. — at Bishop Luers in Fort Wayne. Some interesting stuff from Hugh Kellenberger’s post:

“It is what Trey wanted to do,” said Tom Lyles, his father. “He has been talking about it for a while. I had told him, ‘No, you don’t want to do that for a while.’ But he was adamant. Me and him and his mom talked about it and he proved positive that he wanted to play for coach Crean and IU.”

We’ll try to get in touch with Lyles and his family in the next day or so. In the meantime, feel free to chew on this and leave your thoughts below. Hope your Sunday was enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Yeah, good points, completely forgot about Bassett. What could have been 😛

  • Anonymous

    It looks like Blueitt plays at Park Tudor with Yogi. Not sure if these guys are friends or not, but if signing Yogi may help out on that one. You add him to the mix and the three of them stay on track we are potentially looking at the #1 class in 2014 and in the running for the same in 2012. It sure feels good to be on the rise without showing a winning season under CTC. By the time this class arrives we are looking at a final four team, and it may happen even sooner.

  • Anonymous

    I completely disagree

    -in state kids who want to be at a nearby school with a great tradition, the best facilities, etc.
    -parents seem very involved in the decision making so the verbal was not given based on a kid acting in the moment
    -both expressed their high level of interest in CTC and Indiana
    -and why speculate they are not as a Hoosier fan

    They’ll be here and they will be great additions!!!

  • Ryan Goods

    I agree that if Cody chooses IU than we should expect commits soon from most likely yogi and hanner, but if we don’t get Cody then CTC will have to work a lot harder to pull those guys or look for other guys to fill the 2012 class.

  • Anonymous

    Might Vaden have been in that mix, too?

  • Anonymous
  • Considering these guys haven’t enrolled in high school yet. There is a high chance the Course Curriculum could be set up for a 2013 graduations. dream 1

    The Time is NOW.

    Lets go Indiana. I’m putting aside money for a post season tournament game THIS Year.

  • Anonymous

    Not that he’s been slighted, but I think CTC deserves even more credit than we realize. I know we’ve all used the “it’s Indiana” line (and granted, it’s his line,) but no, it’s not all just “it’s Indiana.” Sure, that’s a major selling point with guys like AE, Patterson, Blackmon, & Lyles, but I’d venture to say not so much with others like Sheehey and VO, and I’d really have to doubt it with guys born overseas like Jurkin or GMM (and Perea, who hasn’t signed but has moved in-state.) It’s Crean (and McLain, and the rest of the staff, who’ve been busting tail.)
    Rome ruled Europe for centuries, but was eventually brought down by bad leadership. Even into the more recent times through the World Wars it was a shell of its former self. Through modernization and forward thinking the city has revitalized itself to again be a major player in the world while continuing to excavate long-hidden treasures of its past. On a much smaller and less historic scale, (OK, so maybe it’s bigger to us!) Coach Crean has, through a combination of hard work, dedication, understanding of modern technology (i.e., Twitter,) managed to resurrect a once-storied program while making conscious efforts to reconnect to previous glories.
    Put on your togas, boys, it’s time to rock the Colosseum, er. Assembly Hall.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, we need some gnomenclature? Gnover is the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe the Gordon Gnome?

  • oldred1976

    This is crazy . Just the energy building on ITH is quickening my pulse and we’rei not even in Assembly Hall, the real Assembly Hall that is. See if you like this.Everyone knew CTC and staff were working hard at Chicago the rumor was Jurkin , YES! Then Patterson. Indiana kid great upside Now CTC has Hoosier nation’s attention.You hear the crowd draw a breathe. O K someone is on a break headin for the basket.Beats his man, Blackmon jr, leaps, Trey Lyles swings his arm back (I need a recruits name in here) Throws down a thunderous dunk. Cody commits and the crowd roars it’s approval like only a packed AH crowd can. Ok a strange analogy from a pumped Hoosier fan with a over zealous imagination and too much time on his hands.

  • cooper

    This is dumb. How old is he 13? I don’t think they should even be allowed to commit before their junior year.

  • Diesel

    YKZ – just found out today a high school team I have a vested interest in will be playing home games against Broad Ripple, Park Tudor, Brebuef – I’m stoked!

    And in the where are they now column – Aaron Thomas to Florida St

  • Anonymous

    Yes, a 6-9 200lb 14-15 year old who ESPN has ranked as the number one basketball player in the COUNTRY in his class. I’m ok with dumb creepyness like this as long as it is at IU -“Trey is a very skilled post player at this point. Offensively he has advanced post moves. He likes to face the basket and can shoot with range to 17 feet. He can also put the ball on the floor some and score versus post players. He can score in the low block but even then prefers to turn and face. His potential is limitless right now. He is smooth and effortless. He reminds you of a young Tim Duncan offensively. Lyles is a solid defender.” ESPN

  • Yogi Kelin Zeller

    Hopefully no one will light any matches during midnight madness this year with the recruits, VO, Will, and the return of a Mo Creek….and not having to watch a volleyball game…it will be EXPLOSIVE this year.


    I am pretty sure that both Lyles and his family made the best decision for them. Anything could happen in 4 years, but I will be staying positive. Lyles and Blackmon Jr will be welcome and loved by ALL indiana fans! I cannot wait to see you playing for Hoosiers! Go Hoosiers!

  • Anonymous

    Vaden would never of transferred out if Crean were coach at the start of the century. Insert Vaden for Wilmont at starter, your bench gets stronger, and the Florida Gators have a major problem on their hands…………..

  • Anonymous


  • Baseball Montgomery Buc

    I’m officially counting down the days. Can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    this to me is one of the better posts i’ve read. very very good points and analogies. I’m with you completely on Crean deserving a lot of credit with Jurkin, and igniting the energy back into in state recruits. this is a program that hasnt even made the NIT the past 2 seasons…and we’ve got the only 2 top 10, nevertheless 100 commits in 2014, are arguably the front runners for CZ, Yogi, HP and some others. and we are poised to be a top 5, if not #1 class in 2012. this is coming from a program that was decimated so badly a few years ago, we got shunned by coaches who settled at much less traditional programs. along comes crean, who leaves a marquette final four potential team to take over this mess when no one else would.

  • MillaRed

    And they are ranked #1 and #6. How big of a turnaround is that? It’s unbelievable looking at that list after going through the last three seasons. I…..I……almost cried. But I had a beer instead.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    We’ll test your video capabilities with this one when we ask you to work some F/X magic and make CTC Caesar in your next piece. CTCaesar, I kind of like that.

  • Anonymous

    Gonna go out on a limb and predict that Indiana sweeps the all-star series with Kentucky in ’14. I’d assume ’11, and ’12 should be the same. (Haven’t looked at the in-state guys for ’13 much)

  • Outoftheloop

    There is nothing better than changing the diaper on your first child; except when you do it on your second child, because now you think that you are experienced; but it is even better when you do it for your third and forth, because then you really do know what you are doing! Congrats!

  • Outoftheloop


  • Outoftheloop

    Before the concussion. He was NEVER the same after it!

  • Anonymous

    who plays brutus? kyrie irving? roshown mcleod, or baylor?

  • Outoftheloop

    I think that Hanner will be the next commitment before Cody’s visit to Bloomington. Then things will happen. I have a fear that Yogi will expect IU to hold “his” scholarship, like we are Cody’s, until November of 2012,. But it is totally different. If Harris and Hollowell (or DSR or Murphy, etc.) say yes, with Ron, Peter and Hanner already committed, then there will be no scholarship to hold and Yogi will be left out. I sure hope that this does not happen. We need you and want you at IU Yogi. But you have to want Indiana too!

  • Outoftheloop

    I think that Jordy will be one of the leaders of the first Indiana team to win outright the Big 10 Championship in many years. When was the last Big 10 Championship for Indiana-outright, not shared?

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    i like “matt gnomever”

  • N71

    Traveling in China and hadn’t visited ITH for a few days. About fell out of my chair with the Trey news. He’s a rare talent like an Oden or Gordon and to have him excited about going to IU…well…I can’t find a downside. It also means he’s not going to Purdue, OSU, L-Ville, Kentrucky, Duke, UNC or some other place other than home, where he should be. It won’t be too long until others in the Big Ten again look at their schedules, see Indiana, and automatically identify that game as an “L” for their squad.

  • Anonymous

    That one works, but we’d have to get his picture on a new tractor, as well.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, it’s McLeod. How’s Joanie going to feel about being Cleopatra?

  • I’m with you; check out my reply to marcus from yesterday: “And it’s not like either of them need to move across the country to figure things out [like Carlino]… they can hop in the car and drive for 1-3 hours. I think both these commits stick.”

  • Agreed; they haven’t even played their junior year’s basketball season yet. I think we may be getting spoiled by commits from freshman! 🙂 I want Yogi, Hanner, Harris, etc. to commit now, but I can understand that they are just now starting their junior year and they might want to wait. Plus, none of those guys seem to be playing the recruiting game as much as guys like DSR and JDavis, so I’m willing to give them time.

  • All I could think of was, “What role does Criminalipari play?” I thought about the Goths/Visigoths/Vandals, but they ended up defeating Rome, so let’s not go there. Maybe we could make him Hannibal? But that’s insulting to Hannibal. I’m thinking Nero.

  • Tjdarts

    I’m almost hoping that the NCAA comes up with a new rule that basketball athletes have to remain in college at least two years before they are eligible for the draft so we can enjoy these players for a little while! LOL!

  • Anonymous

    Mutliple Comments

    1) 2014 could be our first full year under a President that isn’t BO.

    2) Why are we seeiking out 8th graders? By 8th grade coaches know who will and will not be ready for college and to be college stars. We hve a history with that in Damon Bailey.

  • Marquisimo

    HoosierFanAttic…things are a lot different in 2010 than when Damon Bailey was an 8th grader in 1986…AAU is a very useful indicator on a kids ability to play…it is not 8th grade coaches who college coaches are relying on for information about kids…college coaches are seeing for themselves on the AAU circuit…

  • millzy32

    Didn’t Crean pretty much turn IU down when Sampson was eventually hired??????

  • What is with this? ESPN says that we aren’t even in the running for Yogi?

  • MillaRed

    ESPN has shown on multiple occasions it is in its infancy when it comes to reporting on college basketball recruiting. Yogi was hanging with Mo over the weekend for crying out loud.

    Perhaps there just isn’t a big enough audience for ESPN to dedicate more resources. Or maybe everyone isn’t a HOOSIER!

    I have very little love for ESPN recruiting news. It’s unreliable and there are 15 flashy advertisements flying all over the screen.

  • MillaRed

    Maybe the question is why would we not grab committments from two top 10 kids in this class? If these guys are #88 and #99 I would agree. They both play like superstars and will start on varsity basketball teams next year. I don’t see the problem here.

  • CreanMe

    I guess none of you has read the article in the new SI on the “education of Demetrius Walker”… – all about the sleazy world of 7-8th grade basketball analyzing and recruiting.

    Also, you all might want to think critically a bit about that sudden jump from the mid 60s to #1 for Lyle on the ESPN rankings. Might it not be that the commitment itself made for this leap rather than anything he does on the court? This happens with Notre Dame football as well, and explains why they struggle these days even though Weiss was supposedly getting great recruits. Analysts are lazy and biased and assume if a kid commits to Notre Dame he must be good, and so players who did so usually jumped in the rankings for no other reason than that.

    Bottom line, it’s silly to start talking about National Championships and top classes now – the kid could be out of the top 100 by his senior year.

    To me this stinks of desperation.

  • MillaRed

    Something stinks alright……..

  • stonaroni

    I think that CTC knows far more about the talent than we do. I am sure he doesn’t net an 8th grader because the 8th grade coach personally called CTC and said come see this kid, he is a must. Just doesn’t work that way.

    The fact that Kendrick, his high school coach sings such high praise about him is nice. But the bigger talent indicator is that Kendrick was personally responsible for Purdue’s recruiting and Big 10 reign in the 90’s. He recruited some pretty special players and saw studs develop like Glen Robinson.

  • Outoftheloop

    WOW what great news!! Trey and James are EXACTLY what Indiana basketball needs AND what Indiana basketball is all about! They love the State of Indiana, they love basketball, they love Indiana University, and they love what Coach Tom Crean is putting together in Bloomington! This is great. Welcome to the IU family Trey and the Lyles.

  • CreanMe

    Could it be… the classic PU joke? This boiler fan is just rabid enough about college basketball to check out all the B10 blogs for news.

    Not trying to bash for bashing’s sake, but just dropping some knowledge. He may turn out to be, as an above poster suggested, the next Magic. It’s crazy to think that, but I guess slightly possible.

    My point is that there’s a reason most coaches don’t seek out commits from 8th graders – even “slam dunks” like your claim this kid is. Things change on his end, and it makes your program look desperate and creepy.

  • Outoftheloop

    Go back to the Attic!

  • Outoftheloop

    Ya, Ya. No one is buying what you are selling. In each case the whole family was 100% involved, they advised the player to wait, and the recruit said “I love Indiana and Coach Crean”. Nothing is certain…but it sure looks GOOD!