Winning a state championship didn’t complete Trey Lyles’ schedule.
Four days after leading Tech to the Class 4A title – the school’s first – and winning the Trester Mental Attitude Award, the 6-10 Lyles will compete in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago.
Lyles, one of four Kentucky recruits in the game, will play on the West team alongside 7-foot Chicago native Jahlil Okafor (Duke), who is generally regarded as the top player in the class.
Indiana recruit and Marion star James Blackmon Jr. will play for the East squad. The 6-3 Blackmon won the 3-point shootout during the skills competition on Monday night.
Lyles and Blackmon Jr. are considered two of the top contenders for IndyStar Mr. Basketball, along with 6-6 Park Tudor senior Trevon Bluiett.
In an online fan poll conducted by the Star, Blackmon received 36,479 of the 57,909 votes (63 percent). Lyles (35.4 percent) was second and Bluiett (1.4 percent) third. The actual Mr. Basketball winner will be announced next week.
Bluiett was not selected for the McDonald’s game, but will participate in the High School 3-point Championship on Friday in Duncanville, Texas, in conjunction with the Final Four. Hamilton Southeastern’s Eric Davidson is also a contestant. It will air on CBS on Sunday.
McDonald’s All-American Game
When: Approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday (following girls game at 7 p.m.)
Where: United Center, Chicago
By the numbers: Kentucky and Duke have the most McDonald’s All-Americans this year with four, followed by North Carolina (three), UCLA (two) and Kansas (two).
Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.