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Trey Lyles has given a verbal commitment to Indiana, the Indy Star’s Kyle Neddenriep is reporting.
I am working to confirm this now.
Lyles is a 6-foot-9 forward in the class of 2014. He’s an AAU teammate of James Blackmon Jr. and was first recruited by Indiana head coach Tom Crean last season, as an eighth-grader.
9:21 p.m. UPDATE: Confirmed.
9:50 p.m. UPDATE: Just spoke with Tom Lyles, Trey’s father.
“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.”
Lyles came to campus Sunday for an unofficial visit knowing he would commit, Tom said.
“Trey said what was on his mind and spoke how he felt,” Tom said. “He said where he wanted to be and what he wanted to do.”
It came down to Indiana and North Carolina, Tom said. They had visited Ohio State last week and Purdue was also interested.
“He really has been adamant the last few years that he wanted to go to IU,” Tom said. “When IU came into the picture it was a no-brainer.”
One interesting note: Lyles and Blackmon are friendly, but certainly not close (at least not yet). Indianapolis Tech and Fort Wayne Luers both have holes on their schedule this season, and Tom said the schools are working on scheduling a matchup.
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