I am loathe to lend too much credence to player recruiting rankings, generally. And we’re talking Class of 2014 here. And ESPN’s player rankings can be especially “squirrelly.” But given all that, here is where Indianapolis Arsenal Tech frontliner Trey Lyles and Fort Wayne Bishop Luers guard James Blackmon — who have now given verbal commitments to attend Indiana — are in ESPN’s national rankings for the Class of 2014:
Lyles, No. 1;
Blackmon, No. 7.
I’ve only seen brief film on these players, culled from their play as AAU teammates for a Spiece squad, but even that small snippet was enough to impress. Lyles struck me a little bit like a young Jared Jeffries, who I was privileged to see develop into an outstanding player very early in his high school career. And, like Jeffries, Lyles has had a bit of a growth spurt here in his freshman year of high school.
That’s the thing to remember. These players are prep freshmen yet to play a game for their respective high school teams.
But suffice to say that IU fans should have more and more reasons to get out and watch some good in-state high school teams play over the next few years, if the latest trend in verbal commitments persists.