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Anonymous college coaches think Trey Lyles, among other UK targets, will struggle in college

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Over the slow summer months, the guys over at CBS Sports anonymously poll college basketball coaches around the nation on a variety of topics. This time around, they turned their attention to the 2014 recruiting class and asked coaches which elite recruit they think will struggle the most as a freshman. Several UK targets, including Trey Lyles, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Cliff Alexander, made the anonymous coaches’ list.

Which 2014 prospect will struggle most at the college level?

  • Goodluck Okonoboh: 14 percent
  • Trey Lyles: 11 percent
  • Daniel Hamilton: 8 percent
  • Kevon Looney: 6 percent
  • Cliff Alexander: 6 percent
  • Joel Berry: 6 percent
  • Emmanuel Mudiay: 6 percent

Current Kentucky commit, Karl Towns, was also on the list but was in the “others receiving votes” category. The entire list, complete with quotes and takeaways, can be found by following this link.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

15 Comments for Anonymous college coaches think Trey Lyles, among other UK targets, will struggle in college

  1. Drew
    11:38 am August 17, 2013 Permalink

    The fact is every freshman (except for MKG n Davis) will struggle their first year of college. This is a stupid poll and CBS needs to stop making stupid polls like this.

  2. Mc
    11:44 am August 17, 2013 Permalink

    What was the sample size? The coaches surveyed were left anonymous so who knows if there were any conflicts of interest. Also, were there previous lists that we could look at to see which players they thought would struggle to determine credibility? The survey doesn’t hold up when almost every top player makes the list. The only way it can gain credibility in my opinion is to look at the list after the season, which is why seeing previous lists by the same “anonymous” coaches would be helpful.

  3. Good times
    11:58 am August 17, 2013 Permalink

    I actually agree with this about Lyles. I’ve seen him play a few times and have been a little underwhelmed, especially against top competition. He seems to lack aggressiveness, strength and quickness and always thought he was a little overrated. With that said Mudiay’s inclusion here is beyond ridiculous. The guy is too fast, athletic and strong to be contained by most college point guards.

  4. TennisFan29
    12:25 pm August 17, 2013 Permalink

    This is fine and dandy, but is there going to be another tennis live blog soon? Thanks

  5. InformationHighway
    12:40 pm August 17, 2013 Permalink

    two things to ignore on the internet

    1) emails that include the words “Nigerian Prince”
    2) anonymous coaches polls, no matter the source

    Don’t even start reading them.

  6. Stmcats
    1:06 pm August 17, 2013 Permalink

    1… The fact is, that is completely not true. Heard of wall, cousins, Bledsoe, knight, jones or any other cal frosh. Also, what about the 6 mcd’s aa’s we have coming in? I guess all them will struggle too. Sir, you need to think before you write.

  7. CatsFan
    1:15 pm August 17, 2013 Permalink

    The poll should’ve been titled “Which players do you have no chance at landing”.

  8. Bubba Earl
    2:06 pm August 17, 2013 Permalink

    “Their” poll is of “their” wishes, the probably had Randle and Wiggins listed last year as well! I will not be reading the site in question.

  9. Billy Clyde
    2:09 pm August 17, 2013 Permalink

    @#2 Sample size was Tom Crean.

  10. Good one...
    2:42 pm August 17, 2013 Permalink

    @Billy Clyde…ha ha!

  11. bigcatstanding
    3:15 pm August 17, 2013 Permalink

    Karl towns will have no problem in college, watched him play against Anthony Davis in the game between USA vs Dominican Republic. And if that isn’t high level players and getting the job done, lets you know what type of idiot coaches they did Poll. BBN OWNS THOSE COACHES

  12. Wild Blue
    4:12 pm August 17, 2013 Permalink


  13. bigcatstanding
    5:32 pm August 17, 2013 Permalink

    #12 well said I can’t figure out why it takes me a 1000 words to basically say the same thing lol. I think we both agree, expecially the way the post was labeled, that the question was based on players interested in Kentucky. So Kentucky’s name being involved with these players pretty much knew was going to be negative feedback. Michigan State’s coach Tom Izzo definitely showed his jealousy recently in an interview, that coach Calipari recruiting was the topic. That guy has serious issues towards Calipari. I have been trying to find that interview so I wouldn’t miss quote what he went on and on bashing Coach about. BBN Rules

  14. It's Not Surprising
    6:19 pm August 17, 2013 Permalink

    That a kid named Goodluck will struggle in college. Or maybe that is the only reason coaches voted for him.

  15. Parker
    11:47 am August 18, 2013 Permalink

    They are just hating cause he’s gunna go to UK