Collegiate limitations prepared Trey Lyles for professional success

06/15/2015 08:43 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — Just like his fellow teammates, former Wildcat Trey Lyles had to sacrifice both minutes and parts of his game for the better of the team at the University Kentucky last season.

The 2014 Indiana Mr. Basketball committed to UK as a a highly-touted McDonald’s All-American, but despite his 5-star status that would have commanded heavy minutes at other programs, Lyles was relegated to a role player role as a member of John Calipari’s hotly-debated platoon system.

Nevertheless, despite bypassing both playing time and opportunities to showcase his full allotment of skills, Lyles insisted at a pre-draft workout with the Utah Jazz on Saturday that his personal sacrifices in Lexington were well worth the team benefits reaped in route to a historic 2014-15 season.

“There’s a lot of versatility in my game I didn’t get to showcase, and it’s just because the team didn’t need it from me,” Lyles said. “I didn’t complain about it because you go 38-0, there’s really nothing you can say.”

The Utah Jazz are seriously considering the 6-foot-10 swing man with its No. 12 lottery pick in the June 25th draft, and currently lists Lyles going one spot lower to the Phoenix Suns at No. 13.

Click below to watch Lyles’ interview with the Jazz and KSTV’s explanation on how his time and sacrifice at Kentucky — like those of his teammates — prepared him to reach his full potential as an NBA Draft prospect.


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