2014 Nike Hoop Summit Video Interview: Trey Lyles, James Birsen April 20, 2014
[Read Full Article] 2014 Nike Hoop Summit Recap April 12, 2014 One of the top players in the 2014 high school class, Trey Lyles struggled with his shot in Portland limiting his ability to make as consistent an impact as he's proven capable of making in these types of events over the last few seasons.
Standing 6'10 with a 7'3.5 wingspan, Lyles looks to be entering college in the best shape of his young career, having put plenty of work into his body over the last year. He's a good, not great athlete by NBA standards, but has terrific physical tools for a young power forward prospect overall.
As we've noted every time we've watched him, the Saskatoon native is an extremely skilled power forward, and that much was evident immediately when watching his polished footwork and outstanding body control in drills all week. Though the consensus top-10 recruit struggled to make shots from the perimeter and finish against length in the competitive portions of practice, he made some adjustments on game day, looking to compensate by crashing the glass more aggressively.
This was obviously not Lyles's best showing, but it doesn't change his outlook heading into his freshman year at Kentucky. He had a nice showing in Chicago at the McDonald's All-American Game practices and has proven over the course of his career than he has the inside-outside scoring ability and exceptional basketball IQ to be a potential matchup problem and impact player from day one at the college level. His ability to score efficiently and defend will play a big role in how he's perceived around this time next year. [Read Full Article] 2014 Nike Hoop Summit: International Measurements April 8, 2014 Trey Lyles
Weight: 250 lbs.
Height (w/shoes): 6'10"
Standing Reach: 8'11.5”
Hand Width: 10.25”
Hand Length: 9” [Read Full Article] High School Class of 2014 Scouting Reports, Part Two- the Big Men September 4, 2013 Jonathan Givony
-Good size and strong frame
-Exceptionally skilled big man
-Can score one on one inside the post. Has very good footwork, soft touch and is very adept at making turnaround jumpers
-Can create his own shot from the perimeter
-Handles the ball in open floor and passes on the move
-Can make an open 3-pointer.
-Possesses an excellent basketball IQ.
-Average athlete in terms of quickness and explosiveness
-Conditioning has fallen off significantly. Did not look in shape at all
-Average defender. Somewhat stuck between positions defensively
-Lacks the lateral quickness or intensity needed to guard skilled power forwards on the perimeter
-Not enough of a rim protector to anchor the defense as a center
-Does not step out on the pick and roll
Outlook: Extremely fluid and agile big man with a terrific blend of power and finesse. Should develop into a very effective scorer. Has plenty of room to develop on the other end of the floor. Must improve his conditioning level. [Read Full Article] 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship Interviews: Okafor, Lyles, Gordon July 7, 2013
[Read Full Article] High School Class of 2014: Elite Prospect Scouting Reports, Part One September 27, 2012 Jonathan Givony
-6-9 ½ in shoes with a 7-0 wingspan
-Solid frame that will fill out nicely in time
-Do-it all power forward with tremendous versatility
-Very good ball-handler for his size. Can create from the perimeter with ease. Handles the ball in transition and sometimes even in the pick and roll
-Very difficult for opposing big man to match up with on the perimeter
-Draws plenty of fouls
-Excellent footwork and body control
-Can play above the rim. Takes contact and finishes
-Can pick and pop, knock down jumpers with range out to the 3-point line
-Can make a mid-range jumper, sometimes pulling up off the dribble
-Intelligent player. Makes smart passes. Can drive and dish
-Solid rebounder. Excellent hands
-Good, not amazing athlete
-Could probably stand to get a little tougher as he gets older
-Lateral quickness is average. Struggles guarding the perimeter
Outlook: Smooth, skilled, smart big man with incredible versatility for a player age. A young Greg Monroe? Still only 16 years old, but can seemingly do everything offensively. Sky is the limit if he continues to improve. [Read Full Article]