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NEXT UP: TREY LYLES AND THE TITANS

March 10, 2014
Richmond High School



The Richmond Red Devils finally won a sectional championship Saturday in New Castle and now it’s Regional time.  Next up is Indianapolis Tech and 6-10 McDonald’s All-American Trey Lyles.   The Kentucky (and NBA) bound power forward is the leading candidate for Mr. Basketball and he is the “real” deal. Lyles is averaging 24ppg, 12.5rpg, 3.4 assists and 2.3 blocks. 

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 #41 Trey Lyles

According to every high school basketball recruiting site, Lyles is ranked in the top 10 and in most cases in the top five in the class of 2014 (ESPN 100 has Lyles 6th, Rivals 8th).  Lyles is expected to be the #3 NBA draft pick in the Class of 2015 according to Draftexpress.com.

 

Here’s what the scouts are saying about Trey Lyles: 

Lyles boasts a quality that coaches always desire in big men, one that can't be learned: coordination. He possesses very good hands and the hand-eye syncing to finish with touch around the basket, and with either hand. His coordination also enables him to handle and pass the ball with impressive skill, shoot accurately to medium-range, and he's a fine rebounder as well. The question he must address pertains to his lack of elite athleticism. 

-Tremendous physical attributes. Great frame, long arms, soft hands
-Extremely athletic. Quick off his feet. Very nimble.
-Great instincts as a shot-blocker. Terrific timing
-Very good touch around the basket
-Very nice turnaround jumper
-Capable of stepping outside and shooting from the perimeter
-Can put the ball on the floor a bit
-Very intelligent player. Great passer for his position
-Extremely unselfish. Almost to a fault at times
-Competes on the glass
-Solid toughness
-Extremely intelligent off the court
-Huge upside to continue to develop

 

Before you think Tech is a one man show, think again.  Lyles is joined by: 

Ball State commit, 6-2 Senior Guard Jeremie Tyler (16ppg, 58% FG, 43%-3 FG) 

6-4 Senior Forward Mike Jones (8.0ppg, 53% FG, 44%-3).  Jones has interest from Ball State, Purdue and Xavier. 

Ball State commit, 6-8 Senior Forward Rashaun Richardson (5.8ppg 60% FG) 

6-0 Sophomore Point Guard C.J. Walker 8.5ppg 35%-3fg) 

6-4 Senior Guard Justin Parker (6.1ppg, 52%FG 53%-3FG) 

6-2 Senior Guard Josh Whitfield (3.8ppg) 

6-3 Senior Guard Demetrius Shaw (2.5 ppg)

6-0 Senior Point Guard John Roberts (2.0 ppg) 

 

The Titans come into Saturday’s regional at 23-2 (losses to Bowman Academy 68-64 and Hamilton Southeastern 77-71).

 

Tale of the tape: 

77.7 ppg

59.9 defense-ppg

52% FG

29 rebounds

16 assists

6.5 steals

4.2 blocks

10.5 turnovers

 

Tech is ranked 6th in the country by MaxPreps, Xcellent rank is 6th, #2 IBCA Poll, #2 AP Poll 

Tech ended a 36 year sectional drought with a 56-44 win over Roncalli.  Jeremie Tyler scored 20 (7-7 from the floor, four 3-pointers), Justin Parker 11 points, C.J. Walker had eight.  Lyles managed only six points but grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked three shots.

 

Tyler on the win over Roncalli: 

"People say that Tech is undisciplined and that we can't win these kinds of games, but we showed that we could do it. We showed we can play more than one way." 

"When we were freshmen, coach told us we had a chance to win a state championship over the next four years. He believed in us, and we stayed like a family. Winning the sectional is the first step toward that goal."

 

FINAL BOX: 

Tech 56, Roncalli 44

Roncalli;15;8;14;7;--44

Tech;16;16;13;11;--;56

Roncalli (11-10) — D. Holtkamp 2 0-0 5, L. Bailey 1 2-2 5, K. Stretch 5 1-1 13, J. King 5 1-1 12, M. Clifford 3 0-9 9. C. Smock 0 0-0 0, C. Fey 0 0-0 0, C. Stewart 0 0-0 0, D. Annee 0 0-0 0, M. Sturdivant 0 0-0 0. 3-pointers: Clifford 3, Stretch 2, King, Bailey. Holtkamp. Totals: 18 8-9 44 .

Tech (23-2) — M. Jones 1 2-2 4, J. Parker 4 0-0 11, T. Lyles 2 2-3 6, C.J. Walker 2 3-5 8, J. Tyler 7 2-2 20, J. Whitfield 1 0-0 2, D. Shaw 2 0-0 5. 3-pointers: Tyler 4, Parker 3, Shaw, Walker. Totals: 19 9-12 56.

See you in Southport Saturday!


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