Q & A: Trey Lyles after Tech-Pike scrimmage

  • 11/18/2011 10:01 am in

Inside the Hall caught up with 2014 IU commitment and Arsenal Tech forward Trey Lyles on Thursday evening after the Titans’ scrimmage at Indianapolis Pike. Indiana coach Tom Crean was in attendance. 

A transcript of our conversation with the five-star forward follows:

Inside the Hall: Talk about how it feels to get back out here on the court playing competitive basketball.

Trey Lyles: It’s good getting back out here with the guys. We’re going hard every day in practice, really getting ready for the games and everything leading into sectional. Hopefully we’ll get a sectional championship this year.

ITH: What did you see on the court tonight from yourself and from your team?

TL: Just everybody playing hard. Everybody playing clean basketball and everybody trying to understand what’s going on and getting to know everybody’s games.

ITH: What are some things that Tech as a team and you personally would like to improve on these next couple of days before the season starts?

TL: Everybody just getting more vocal on the court. All of us being able to talk and communicate.

ITH: What have you been doing personally from AAU until now to get ready for the season?

TL: Mainly lifting weights and hitting the gym. I’m getting a lot of shots up, trying to improve my whole game and get stronger.

ITH: What are you weighing in at now?

TL: 235.

ITH: How tall are you now?

TL: 6-10.

ITH: Coach Crean was here. What advice has he given you about improving your game as a player?

TL: Just to get low with the ball, get my shoulder down and explode when I have the ball.

ITH: What do you feel you know a year later as a sophomore that you didn’t know last year as a freshman?

TL: Just going out there and playing hard every play. You can’t take a play off. It’s 4A basketball, the highest basketball in the state. Everybody is good so you have to play every play.

ITH: Are there any games you’ve circled on the calendar that you’re looking forward to?

TL: Broad Ripple (Feb. 17) and Bishop Luers (Feb. 4).

ITH: What is it about those games that excites you?

TL: Broad Ripple because it’s kind of our rivalry game and we’re going up against Ron Patterson. And Luers, that’s James Blackmon.

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  • Lgwaltney

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I keep thinking “a bigger, stronger version of Alan Henderson.”

  • Anonymous

    It’s interesting that Trey says 6′ 10″. After seeing him over the summer he looked closer to 6′ 8″. Could be still growing and may reach 7′ if so. Either way he is headed for a big career and IMO when this class comes in we have the best team in the country.

  • N71

    Henderson was springy if that’s a word, and long.  Trey, as it comes up often, is a great deal like Duncan.  Not real fast or springy but smart and long like Cody and really good on fundementals.  Trey and Alan like Cody are big, good, and make everything easier for the others on the team.  There just aren’t a bunch of 6′ 10″ dudes that are really, really good basketball player.  Trey will take the torch from Cody and help sustain our elite level.

  • HoosierDadE

    Best comment…

    Looking forward to Broad Ripple vs Bus and Bishop vs Blackmon.  Good stuff!

  • 6-8 seems much more likely based on what I saw over the summer.

  • Anonymous

    Trey will be the #1 ranked player in 2014 within the next 18 months. He is 16 and weighs 235? Are you kidding me? That is what Cody Zeller weighs right now! This kid is going to be a 6″11….265lb monster by the time he gets on the court for IU.    Tom Crean has never had a guy like this, Indiana has never had a guy like this.   Tim Duncan is a great comparison, mark it down, he will be more dominant than Sullinger is now, and we will win 30+ games his freshman year……..If I were a Purdue, Butler, or Notre Dame fan, I’d quit right now, and become an IU fan, because we are going to become progressively dominant over the next 4 years to a point where  teams see us on the schedule, and just mark it down as a loss….

  • He and blackmon are going to be real good….the pipeline just keeps it going….love to see us do what UConn does in the East (minus the blunders)…love what CTC brings to the table.

  • HAHAHAH……so this is what they mean by the Koolaid!

    I think he could become the #1 player, but that means less than nothing anyway unless his name is Lebron James. He’ll be an immediate impact player at IU and that is all that matters. As far as his measurables I would take 6’10” and 245 when he comes in. I dont think he’s going much over that height. He doesnt look like a kid waiting for a growth spurt, a 6’8″ frosh has already had his growth spurt….that’s why he’s a 6’8″ frosh.

    He’s the big big piece between the ’13 and ’14 classes right now though. Would love to add Jalen or Walton and Blueitt to that ’14 class with JB and Trey. Could have your PG, SG, SF, PF in that class and they’d all be top 50 kids with a couple likely being top 20.

  • Anonymous

    Now practicing the power of positive thinking……as Trey is holding the National Championship trophy in his hands, “thank you, thank you, this is why I came to IU, to play for Coach Crean and to win a national championship with these guys for the greatest fans in the world !!!

  • Anonymous

    Yea, I’m thinking that his name on Twitter, blackmamba (sp ?), is going to be a very good fit by the time he arrives on campus.

  • N71

    The level of talent in the Indy area really is incredible, I can’t get to enough games.  Trey and Trevon are 2 high profile guys for 2014 and the point guard at Cathedral is getting a bunch of press for the 2015 class.  Who else is emerging for either the 2014 or 2015 class in the Indy area that IU is recruiting?

  • Anonymous

    IU’s next great low post player to repalce Zeller.

  • Anonymous

    LOL, yeah, you are right, unless you get Lebron James as the number 1 player, you are out of luck. Who was the year after Lebron, oh yeah Dwight Howard. He probably wouldn’t of made much difference to a college team, what about more recently though, Greg Oden didn’t lead his team to the title game, John Wall, and Michael Beasely didn’t lead their teams to 30 wins….oh…..maybe they did…….Whether Trey turns out to be as good as those number 1’s or not, we won’t win 30 games JUST b/c of him, we will win 30+ because of a Senior named Zeller, and a team full of “movement” Juniors………unless they all leave early bc they reached their goal of banner #6…..in which case, I still think I’ll be ok with my prediction of 30…..Trey and Blackmon are that good

  • MillaRed

    I like the pass the torch statement. Unfortunately, unlike Cody I don’t think Trey will be a Hoosier for long.

  • 2014- I think people will have a close eye on Perry Poindexter. 6-7 sophomore with a wingspan > 7 feet. He has work to do, but he’ll be one that coaches continue to track and watch develop. He doesn’t have any offers, but he has a lot of potential.

    2015- remember the name K.J. Walton from Brownsburg.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know if Jaquan Lyle was in attendance at the Evansville game? Considering it was in his own backyard, you would hope he made it. It would have been a good thing for him to see all the loyalty towards CZ

  • IUCannon

    Reminds me of a very young Tim Duncan. When he was a frosh/soph, he was a lot more athletic. I would love to see Lyles be anywhere close to how Duncan ended up.

  • InTheMtns

    According to Sean Morrison of Inside Indiana, Jauan was at the game (and rocking some IU gear).

  • Anonymous

    There’s a kid from here in Corydon named Bronson Kessinger who’s a freshman getting some attention.  I don’t know how much, but I do know I saw him sitting with the recruits at Hoosier Hysteria.  I saw in one of the newspapers they have him listed at 6’7″ but I don’t know if I believe that.  I think he’s closer to 6’4″.

  • Anonymous

    We signed Sasquatch?  Hell yeah!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I think we finally got that junkyard dog we have always wanted on the team…

  • Anonymous

    Really like hearing he’s lifting. Most talented bigs wait till college to even start building muscles mass, smart father I would say. I have to agree with nezimmer VO, WS, ’12, ’13, and these guys in ’14, plus what ever additions are made to ’13, ’14, should be a real special IU team[s]

  • Bleeding Crimson

    There is always a chance with CTC.