When Tech coach Jason Delaney looked out on the court this season, he saw an extension of himself in senior Trey Lyles.
The 6-10 Lyles was fiery, yet nurturing. He wasn’t afraid to call out a teammate on the court, but would find him later to let him know it wasn’t personal.
“He was demanding,” Delaney said. “But he’d put his arm around a guy, too, and tell him why he said what he did. I saw myself in him. We’re intense, but we have the same common goal.”
Lyles was named the Indianapolis Star Super Team Player of the Year, an award selected by the high school sports staff with input from area coaches. The Kentucky recruit led Tech to its first state championship in school history as he averaged 23.7 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.4 blocked shots per game.
Tech finished 27-2 and nationally ranked by most publications in large part due to the contributions of Lyles, a three-time City Player of the Year.
“He’s been a pleasure to coach because he’s a competitor,” Delaney said. “He’s going to go continue to win because he’s going to push himself to improve. From last year to this year, he improved in 13 categories. You don’t have to get on Trey about getting in the gym.”
Here’s more on Lyles:
Do you have any superstitions? “I always have to wear the same under socks and I always eat Subway. I also always have get a haircut the day before the game and have to clip my fingernails the day before the game too.”
What music do you listen to? “A lot of R&B and some rap. Not a lot of this new generation stuff, though.”
Favorite NBA player: “Kobe Bryant.”
How many dunks did you have this year? “Maybe 50. Probably around there.”
Funniest teammate: “Definitely Josh Whitfield. He thinks he’s a ladies man. He’s a funny dude.”
What would you like to accomplish next: “I want to win an NCAA championship in Indianapolis next year.”
What was appealing about Kentucky? “Coach (John Calipari’s) track record of developing players and helping young men like myself get to the next level.”
How many pairs of shoes do you have? “Not as many as I used to. Probably around 35 or so.”
Favorite subject in school? “History. Anything related to history interests me.”
What sport would you play if not basketball? “Baseball. I played baseball and hockey as a kid.”
Name, School, Position, Year, College, Statistics
Trey Lyles, Tech, F, Sr., Kentucky, 23.7 ppg, 12.9 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 3.5 assists
Trevon Bluiett, Park Tudor, F,Sr., Xavier, 35.6 ppg, 11.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 65 percent FG,
Jeremie Tyler, Tech, G, Sr., Ball State, 16.2 ppg, 2.8 rebounds, 42.3 percent 3-pointers
Zach McRoberts, Carmel, F,,Sr., Vermont,14.1 ppg, 7.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.1 steals
Eric Davidson, Hamilton SE, G, Sr., Undecided, 18.7 ppg, 3.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 54 percent 3-pointers
Ryan Cline, Carmel, G, Jr., Undecided, 16.9 ppg, 3.1 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 43 percent 3-pointers
Aaron Brennan, Guerin Catholic, F, Sr., IUPUI, 16.4 ppg, 8.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 blocked shots
P.J. Thompson, Brebeuf Jesuit, G, Sr., Purdue, 23.6 ppg, 2.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 39 percent 3-pointers
K.J. Walton, Brownsburg, G, Jr., Undecided, 18.1 ppg, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals
Jacob Johnson, Mooresville, F, Sr., Indiana Wesleyan, 19.1 ppg, 5.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.6 steals
Eron Gordon, North Central, G, Soph., Undecided,14.7 ppg, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals
Brennan Gillis, Ben Davis, F, Jr., Undecided, 17.1 ppg, 5.0 rebounds, 56 percent FG, 85 percent FT
Daeshon Francis, Lawrence North, G, Sr., Wisconsin-Green Bay, 16.0 ppg, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists
Jaraan Lands, Warren Central, F, Sr., Undecided, 14.2 ppg, 6.5 rebounds
Troy Spears, Martinsville, G, Sr., Nova Southeastern, 19.8 ppg, 4.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 37 percent 3-pointers
Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.