Lyles commits to Indiana

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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  • JDub #1

    Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 9:17 PM EST

    Hope it is true and hope it follows through.

  • lone ranger #2

    Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 9:27 PM EST

    Don’t see the point of committing four years early.

  • JohnS #3

    Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 9:59 PM EST

    There are limited scholarships, if you wait too long, the scholarships will run out. There may only be TWO scholarships that year – if you really like the school, you’ve got to pull the trigger. I guess he really liked the school!

  • Hoosier Clarion #4

    Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 10:01 PM EST

    Boy this will P.O. a certain poster.

  • Aruss #5

    Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 10:04 PM EST

    Committing now allows him to focus on his grades and improving his game instead of spending time playing the recruiting game.

  • 4guards #6

    Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 10:17 PM EST

    Great Pickup. I love it. I also see no problem with getting the eary commit from top tier guys.

  • Eric #7

    Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 10:34 PM EST

    Cody Zeller, take note of this statement from the article:

    It came down to Indiana and North Carolina.

    Hint, hint, Cody.

  • GFDave #8

    Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 10:35 PM EST


  • PB #9

    Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 11:20 PM EST

    Like it. Keep it up Crean.


  • 4guards is a tool #10

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 12:54 AM EST

    What…are you serious?

  • Michael #11

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 1:01 AM EST

    That was clearly not him…

  • IUMIKE1 #12

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 1:18 AM EST

    Will the real 4guards please stand up…..and for once actually give Crean some credit rather than just say great pickup cause this did not come about without him doing all of the things that you say he doesn’t or can’t do.

    Crean is getting it done, can I get a amen from you on that brother 4 guards. LOL

  • Casey #13

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 2:04 AM EST


    My question is this:

    Who really cares what 4guards thinks. He’s been steering the Crean-hating ship since Crean arrived. Frankly, I don’t care if he approves now.

    Any sort of affirmation he provides in regards to Crean’s efforts is empty.

    It’s easy to claim loyalty when times are good, which is what 4guards will do when we’re back to winning a lot. By that time, he’ll be steering the eating-crow ship and attempting to rationalize his hate for Crean as some sort of cautious optimism.

  • Stick It #14

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 6:23 AM EST

    I heard some intresting news over this past weekend. I heard from a source from Washington that Cody Zeller could be down to two schools. NC and Butler are the two that he likes the best. I know he is still going to take his visits, but lets all hope that TC and staff can bring him in.

  • Chet #15

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 7:50 AM EST

    Personally, I prefer it when he disapproves. It’s like a confirmation that it was the right move. His approval is like Sarah Palin approving. It makes me think something must be wrong.

  • southport65 #16

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 7:58 AM EST

    Rumors,4 guards and all come together every time Coach makes a step in the right direction for our program. I want Cody as much as anyone but being a coach for 30+ years does give you some insight. Basketball in it’s purest form is a team sport and a team is needed to win. You can have a bench full of future NBA stars and McDonald’s All American’s and not win! If Cody goes somewhere other than IU the sky will not fall and Coach will get and fit the right players to make a great team. IU has always been about TEAM coach Knight preached it and showed it to us for many years but these negative blog folks want you to think if we don’t get Cody Coach Crean will get fired. That is not going to happen. It would destroy all the hard work he is doing. Do you think all these kids that have given us a verbal would stay just because it is IU? Maybe some, maybe none. We do not want to start over again!!! Do you think these Anti-IU guys will stop blogging because we get Cody? I can hear them now— Well if we had a good coach Cody would be scoring or rebounding better for someone other than Tom Crean. The kid will average 15 points and 10 rebounds as a freshman and it won’t be good enough. Get Alford he will fix it- right! They will never stop their anti-IU statements. We have only one hope— stop responding to their crap!

  • 4guards #17

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 8:23 AM EST

    That was really me. I have said all along that Lyles is a future lottery pick and would be a huge pickup.
    Bring on Cody!

  • Sam #18

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 9:13 AM EST

    Trey Lyles and family, welcome to IU basketball. Very glad to have you. Great job Coach Crean and staff. Indiana kids choosing IU. When that becomes the norm again things will really take off.

  • Rob #19

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 9:20 AM EST

    Sam – well said. Great to have the Lyles team on our team.

  • RAM #20

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 10:01 AM EST


  • JB #21

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 10:28 AM EST

    This is a huge pickup by Crean. I really like the fact that he’s already playing ball with Blackmon Jr too. There is really nothing wrong with getting these commitments so early, but let’s just be cautiously optimistic and hope we can keep em.

    “Help is on the way” lol.

  • DocDave #22

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 11:43 AM EST

    Everyone has heard a Cody Zeller Rumor. Who did that person get his great insight from? The guy bagging groceries for the Zellers? What a joke. I will wait and hear it from the horse’s mouth. I imagine that is one that Cody would say was news to him.
    On this news, great pick up. This kid sounds like he knows what he wants, and IU is it. Good for him.

  • Scott W. #23

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 1:57 PM EST

    Coach Crean is doing a fantastic job !!! but, I’m not trying to burst the bubble here. Alot can happen in four years. He could change his mind,change in the one and done rule, or a coach like our friend at UK talk him in to committing to there school. Remember this is still a 14 year old kid.
    This is a great pick-up for IU, I will feel better when his LOI is signed and delivered.

  • Richard #24

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 3:38 PM EST

    I’ve been “hearing” rumors that Cody is down to University of Indianapolis and Lawrence North (Keefer is a heck of a recruiter). IU has a lot of ground to make up! (Tongue firmly planted in cheek)

  • KevinK #25

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 3:55 PM EST

    Ram, drop the caps and come in off the ledge.
    Whether he is your type coach or not Alford helped hang a banner and has always been a class act.

    Sarah P? Chet your politics are showing. …

    You know who? Why would anybody want somebody they have already labeled an idiot agree with them. Ignore it, and certainly don’t feed it. Please.

  • ONLY... BAD!! #26

    Monday, September 27, 2010 - 6:44 PM EST

    Fire CREAN, GOOD??…ONLY fire, BAD!!?…Me then stay away from “ONLY”..Game “ON FIRE!”, GOOD!..Jockstrap “ON FIRE!”, NOT so GOOD??…ONLY Clapping, BAD. Fire Clapping Crean, GOOD?… What if Crean clapping with ONLY? Fire both? Crean Clapping ’cause Frankencody “ON FIRE!”, GOOD? Fans clapping for Fankencody “ON FIRE!” GOOD if Crean not clapping with ONLY? Crean Coach BAD even when clapping with GOOD fans happy Frankencody “ON FIRE!” without fire to “FIRE CREAN NOW”? “FIRE CREAN NOW!” for CLAPPING GOOD if he make Frankencody “ON FIRE!” from Clapping with bad ONLY and not GOOD fans clapping?….Me learn nothing except to stay away from dude named “ONLY”… ONLY still BAD?..Right? Is Frankencody only one CONFUSED? MAYBE Dick Vitale and ONLY confused too? Mmmmmm!!

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