According to Mike Hughes of InsideTheVille.com, five-star center Trey Lyles will be visiting Louisville unofficially this Saturday. Lyles decommitted from Indiana in early August and has attracted the attention of top schools like Louisville, Kentucky, Duke, Georgetown, Florida, UCLA, and Ohio State.
Lyles visiting Louisville this early after decommitting from Indiana certainly means that he has serious interest in Pitino’s program. During an interview with Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal, the father of Lyles had nothing but good things to say about his son’s feelings on Rick Pitino and Louisville.
The C-J: You had Coach Pitino here (Wednesday). What are your thoughts on having him come and meet with Trey?
Tom Lyles: That’s exciting. (Smiling broadly) Anytime you have coach Rick Pitino stepping in and looking at one of your players, and if that player happens to be my son, it’s humbling. It’s very humbling. We’re talking about a legendary coach who’s going to be a Hall of Famer. It kind of speaks for itself. But it kind of shows the work the young man has put in over the years has kind of been noticed outside of the state. Hey, what can I say? It’s a great experience.
The C-J: What would maybe be appealing about Louisville to Trey?
Tom Lyles: I think a few things. The style of play, the way they play. The history of the program. Obviously playing for such a legendary coach who is very successful, a coach who knows how to get the most out of his players. And ultimately for (Trey’s) parents, it’s a two-hour drive. It’s right down the street, for the most part. The fact that he’s been a fan of the Cardinals for a long time, it’s one of those things that could possibly become a dream come true for him.
The C-J: He’s been a fan of the team for a while?
Tom Lyles: Yeah, oh, yeah, for a long time. There’s been a few schools he’s always been fond of, and Louisville is definitely one of them.
The C-J: Are you all going to try to go down there sometime (for a visit)?
Tom Lyles: Yes, actually the coach and I were just talking about it. We just have to pinpoint a date where we can get on campus and get him a chance to get down there and meet all the other coaches … and to actually see the campus. We’ve seen it from afar, but we’ve not actually been on that campus today. But, yes, we’re looking forward to it.