Earlier this morning, Trey Lyles’ high school coach Jason Delaney joined Larry Vaught on 630 WLAP to talk about Lyles’ recruitment and the Marshall County Hoopfest. Over the course of the past week, the chatter and buzz surrounding the likelihood of Lyles to Kentucky has picked up considerably. The former Indiana commit seems to be in a really good place with Kentucky, and the news has started to trickle out through various outlets. Confidence in Lyles to Kentucky would be the phrase I would use to describe the last week of news.
Delaney had nothing but the best things to say about Lyles as a person and as a player. “Anytime I talk about Trey, it’s his character above all. He’s a great young man, a great student in the classroom and very loyal. He works extremely hard. He kind of stays to himself. He doesn’t go out all the time. He’d rather be at home watching old films of Magic Johnson.”
When asked about how Lyles remains a normal kid amidst all of the hype surrounding his recruitment, “You can’t tell that he’s the #4 player in the nation, or whatever they have him ranked. He’s very, very humble. That starts at home. His mother and father have done such a great job of raising him. You can’t tell. He handles it like a pro. He just goes out there and continues to work and get better, and he takes coaching. He gives back to the community as well…talking to elementary students.”
Lyles is an impressive kid, and one who the entire community rallies around, “We are an inner city school and there hasn’t been a lot to cheer about in recent years. He’s a 3.8 student and takes honor classes. He’s a good role model.”
As good as Lyles is, Delaney says he is constantly working on his craft with his father. “He’s constantly working on getting better. His strength, his conditioning. Just in the past year, he’s put on about 25 pounds of muscle.”
Vaught asked Delaney what some of the most important things are to Lyles when picking a school: “The relationship. Trey is a quiet kid and you have to have his trust. The other thing is development. How does the program or the coaching staff develop them once they get there? He has the dream of going one-and-done or two-and-done. So who’s going to help him achieve that? That’s something you have to look at. Can they help you achieve your dream of getting to the next level?”
If those are the things Lyles is looking for the most, the Kentucky/Lyles relationship would seem to be a perfect fit.