INDIANAPOLIS – A decorated past and a bright future were right in front of him in just a matter of hours.
Quite a day for Trey Lyles that spanned a few hundred miles, two states, and two eras of his basketball career.
It started with helping his Kentucky team to a win over rival Louisville at the KFC Yum Center late Saturday afternoon and then concluded back in Indianapolis, where he was given the highest honor by his Alma Mater Tech High School.
Lyles’ No. 41 jersey was retired by the school during a pre-game ceremony in the school’s gymnasium. Prior to their game with Shortridge, Lyles was presented with a banner featuring his name, No. 41 jersey along with his accomplishments during his four years with the Titans.
Current members of the team presented Lyles with the banner as the crowd gave him a loud round of applause.
Lyles was the 2014 Indiana Mr. Basketball and helped the Titans to a Class 4A Indiana State Basketball championship. It was the first basketball title for an IPS school since Broad Ripple won the championship in 1980.
The forward did a lot to help his future earlier in the day as he aided the top-ranked Wildcats to victory. In a low-scoring affair, Lyles contributed six points but more importantly a team-high nine rebounds as Kentucky beat the fourth-ranked Cardinals 58-50 to run their record to 13-0.
With the Lyles in attendance the Titans put on a show as they took care of business against the Blue Devils. Guard CJ Walker led the Titans with 28 points as they beat Shortridge 69-52 to improve their record to 6-3.