Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Trey Lyles didn’t announce his college choice Monday, but he did cut it down to two schools: Kentucky and Louisville.
That sets up an interesting recruiting showdown this year between old friends Rick Pitino and John Calipari.
“The closeness to home was a big deal,” Lyles told the Indy Star. “Of course, the coaches too. Both of them have won national championships and both have developed players and put them in the NBA. Going on the visits that I have to both schools, they make you feel like you are part of the family. Another big thing was the instruction the coaches give. It’s not just the assistants, but the head coaches doing a lot of the instruction.”
The former Indiana commit officially cut Florida, to which he was to take an official visit Oct. 4, and Butler from his list.
Lyles had in-home visits with both schools last week, according to the Indy Star. He visited Louisville earlier this summer and will visit Kentucky Oct. 18 for Big Blue Madness.
“It definitely made (a decision) tougher,” Lyles told the Indy Star of the home visits. “The programs both offer a lot and the coaches both talked kind of the same way about how they want to use me – as a stretch ’4′ who can go on the perimeter. They both kind of talked the same way and definitely have a lot behind them with putting guys in the NBA and winning national championships.”
His father previously told SNY.tv Trey would sign in the spring.
Whoever lands Lyles will be getting a special player, a Canadian who could potentially be as good or better than recent Canadian lottery picks Anthony Bennett (No. 1 in 2013) and Tristan Thompson (No. 4 in 2012).
“Trey is kind of a unique player because he is borderline 6-11 and 255 pounds, but he’s a point forward,” his dad previously told SNY.tv. “There’s not many guys that size that can bring all those things to the table… he can play 1 through 5.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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