Kentucky freshman Lyles won't play in Bahamas

broberts@herald-leader.comJune 24, 2014 


Arsenal Technical's Trey Lyles beat Scecina Memorial's Sam Elmore in a Jan. 17 game in Indianapolis. Lyles, rated as the No. 4 overall recruit of 2014 by, decommitted from Indiana last summer and has Kentucky and Louisville among his college choices.

DOUG MCSCHOOLER — Indianapolis Star

Trey Lyles will not play for Kentucky during the basketball team's upcoming trip to the Bahamas, the school announced Tuesday.

Lyles — a 6-foot-9 freshman power forward from Indiana — is recovering from a "medical procedure on his left leg," according to UK, which did not include any other details about the injury.

The school's announcement said that he is expected to be ready for the start of team practices in October.

UK will also be without junior center Willie Cauley-Stein for the Bahamas trip, which includes six exhibition games against international competition Aug. 10-17. Cauley-Stein is still recovering from ankle surgery that forced him to miss the end of last season.

"Both Willie and Trey could probably play if they really wanted to, but I'm not taking a chance on either kid," Coach John Calipari said through his Twitter account. "I want them 100 percent for the start of our season and there's no reason to push these guys before they are absolutely ready. Plus, this gives us a chance to play some of our other guys and get them some more work."

UK will still have plenty of available frontcourt players, including junior Alex Poythress, sophomores Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis, and freshman Karl-Anthony Towns.

Lyles is a five-star prospect and was named Mr. Basketball in Indiana after leading his high school team to a state championship this year. He was unable to play in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star series this month because of fatigue.

Tom Lyles, the player's father, told the Herald-Leader at the time that the family's primary focus was to get Trey ready for his freshman season at Kentucky.

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