For the 6-foot-9, 230 pound Lyles it wasn't an easy college decision. After committing to the Indiana Hoosiers before ever playing a high school game, Lyles decided it was in his best interest to re-open his decision before his junior year began.
Once that decision was made, offers started pouring in. Kentucky, Louisville, Florida, UCLA, Georgetown, Butler, and a host of other schools made it clear to Lyles that they wanted him, but on Tuesday afternoon at his high school Lyles made it official.
In front of friends and family, Lyles picked the Kentucky Wildcats.
"I am very happy and I am glad it is over with so I can focus on the season," said Lyles. "Coach Cal was very happy of course. He thinks with my ability that I can get to the NBA as early as I want to go."
Lyles added that choosing between the two schools was not easy. "It was very hard to decide, they are both great programs and I knew I couldn't go wrong with either one."
Now Kentucky has a big piece to the puzzle in the 2014 class. He is a five-star talent and someone who can really be an impact guy with his toughness, motor, and skill at 6-foot-9. Also he is another part of a loaded class. Lyles becomes the second five-star frontcourt commitment for the Wildcats in the class.
Joining Lyles is five-star center Karl Towns as well as four-star backcourt pledges Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis. The Wildcats are still focused on some of the other elite targets in the class and are again looking like a near lock to finish with a top five recruiting class.