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September 26, 2010

Hoosiers land 6'9 Lyles

Just a few minutes ago Tom Lyles, father of freshman forward Trey Lyles, confirmed that his son has made a decision tonight to commit to Indiana. Both were in Bloomington on an unofficial visit that went into the evening hours.

"Actually it just happened," said the father as he and his son were leaving Bloomington. "This is where he wanted to go. Coach (Tom) Crean was the guy he wanted to play for and he made the decision."

The momentum for the verbal had been building for the freshman who will play this year for Indianapolis Tech.

"It was something he felt very adamant about and has felt this way for awhile," said Lyles. "Myself and his mom had been playing the devils advocate in reference to saying 'it's early, you don't have to' -- but he made it very clear that he wanted to attend IU and he wanted to play for Coach Crean. So this is why he made the decision today."

Lyles has nice size and versatility.

"Right now he's 6-foot-9 and between 208 to 210 pounds and he'll play all five positions for us at Tech," said the father.

This is Indiana's second commitment from the Class of 2014 as earlier this month 6-foot-2 guard James Blackmon Jr. for Fort Wayne Bishop Luers made a verbal pledge. Lyles plays on the same summer team as Blackmon.

"He knows Black but as far as his decision to go to Indiana, honestly it had no bearing on Trey committing now," said Lyles.

One other school was in his final thoughts before going public with the decision.

"He was just so adamant that it was here or North Carolina and he chose IU," said Lyles.

Purdue and Ohio State were among the other big programs that had shown interest. Lyles has been talked about as one of the top freshman in the country and Indiana wasn't the only school to make the early scholarship offer.

"There was a few of them that had them out on the table," said Lyles.



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