Lyles and Booker: From collegiate role players, to NBA stardom

06/27/2015 10:48 AM

BROOKLYN, NY — At almost any other university, they would have been stars.

But highly touted recruits Devin Booker and Trey Lyles instead chose to invest in the University of Kentucky and John Calipari’s platoon system for their lone collegiate season, sacrificing minutes and spotlight for teamwork and a historic run to the Final Four.

Both former Wildcats have credited their time at Kentucky with preparing them for the NBA — a path that ultimately rewarded Lyles and Booker with back-to-back lottery selections in Thursday night’s 2015 NBA Draft in New York City.

Lyles went No. 12 overall to the Utah Jazz, and Booker followed just one pick latter, going No. 13 overall to the Phoenix Suns.

KSTV discussed rookie expectations for the former UK role players on Friday’s show, explaining that in the NBA, both Booker and Lyles will finally be able to showcase their full arsenals of talent.

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