The Kentucky Wildcats have long been considered the favorite for five-star Indianapolis Arsenal Tech power forward Trey Lyles ever since his decommitment from the Indiana Hoosiers, and today, he was deciding where he’d commit to between UK and their in-state rivals, the Louisville Cardinals.
In this battle of Bluegrass rivals, it was the Wildcats who won the race and gained a commitment from Lyles, one of the best players in the 2014 class.
The recruitment of Lyles had become one of the biggest recruiting battle between the two schools since Rex Chapman decided to call UK his home over UL, and once again, a big-time recruitment went in favor of the Cats.
The 6-foot-9 prospect from Indianapolis made his announcement live on ESPNU on his 18th birthday during a nationally televised ceremony at his school.
Scout ranks Lyles as the No. 8 overall prospect in the Class of 2014, which would make him the most highly touted commitment of this cycle for UK. Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels called him the best power forward in the senior class.
Daniels also said the addition of Lyles would push Kentucky into the No. 1 spot in the Scout.com class rankings for 2014. The Cats now have commitments from five-star center Karl Towns Jr. and four-star guards Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker to go with that of Lyles.