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In less than a week, Kentucky will square off against #2 Michigan State in the State Farms Champions Classic. After that game, Duke and Kansas will play in the nightcap. If you have checked out Jerry Palm’s bracketology for CBS Sports, you will see that those game are the exact same Final FOur matchups he has predicted. Big grab for the organizers of the State Farm Classic, and hopefully this series is renewed.
As for the rest of Palm’s brackets, we could also see a John Calipari vs Travis Ford matchup in the regional finals. Elsewhere, Louisville is the two seed in Michigan State’s bracket. Arizona and Ohio State make up the other two seeds.
Trey Lyles’ commitment to Kentucky yesterday once again gives UK the top ranked class in 2014. And it concludes a furious week in which John Calipari grabbed two big targets. Like the one that got away, James Blackmon, Lyles was a former Indiana Hoosier commit. He and Karl Towns Jr will make an imposing backcourt for UK next season and that gets better is players like Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee stay. Lyles talks a bit about his recruitment.
Before announcing for UK, he reflected on a recruitment that was separated into two acts.
The first was his commitment to Indiana as a high school freshman. Nearly two years after making that decision, he questioned whether it was the correct one and backed out of his pledge to the Hoosiers.
UK was immediately viewed as the front-runner, a development that further angered Indiana fans. Lyles visited Lexington several times in the past 15 months, and it seemed he could commit to Kentucky at any moment.
But Lyles didn’t want to repeat past mistakes. He wanted to make sure he got it right this time.
“I learned that you need to take your time with things like that,” Lyles said. “I was only about 14 when I committed to Indiana, so I really didn’t have the knowledge I needed at the time. So really, for me, the decommitment was just to go out and see other schools.
“At times it was hard, going through the decommitment,” he continued. “Fans and stuff like that coming at me from different angles. Just staying humble and working hard has got me through it.”
Lyles joins Karl Towns, Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker in what is now a four-man recruiting class for Kentucky. With the commitment from Lyles, Scout.com ranks that group as the No. 1 class in the country.
Scout pegs Lyles — a 6-foot-9 prospect — as the No. 8 overall prospect in the senior class.
He and Towns — a 7-foot center ranked No. 11 overall — should be a formidable duo in the paint next season.
“I think they’ll play really well together,” said Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels. “They both have some similar strengths. Karl likes to step out and shoot and that’s something Trey can do really well, too. That’s two pretty skilled post players playing next to each other.”
Lyles is an accomplished scorer — some call him the best offensive big man in the class — and Daniels described him as a capable player on the defensive end.
Lyles also talks a bit about the other UK recruits and future team mates and you can see how good Blue looks on him.