Lyles Wins Mr. Basketball, Blackmon Third

James Blackmon

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indianapolis Tech’s Trey Lyles made it a clean sweep Tuesday.
Less than two weeks after winning the Class 4A state title and the Class 4A Trester Mental Attitude Award, Lyles added another title to his sterling resume — The Indianapolis Star’s Mr. Basketball.
The 6-foot-10 Kentucky-bound recruit capped an incredible season by winning a narrow three-way race. Lyles was named on 117 of 344 ballots cast by media and coaches. Trevon Bluiett of Park Tudor, who is headed to Xavier, was second with 108. James Blackmon Jr. of Marion, an Indiana recruit, finished third at 95. Lake Central’s Tyler Wideman and Greensburg’s Bryant McIntosh were next with seven votes each. Wideman is headed to Butler next season.
Lyles is the first Mr. Basketball winner from Tech since Joe Sexson in 1952 and the first from an Indianapolis Public School since George McGinnis in 1969.
“I’m proud and honored to be a part of such a special group of players who won it before me,” he told The Star (http://indy.st/1hXxHMl ). “I think it’ll take a while for it to sink in.”
Conventional wisdom was that this would always be a three-way race between Lyles and two other big-scoring players — Blackmon, the son of the former Kentucky star and a McDonald’s All-American, and Bluiett who won the Class 2A state crown.
But Lyles wound up winning everything.
In addition to leading Tech to its first state title in nearly 100 years and giving an IPS school its first state crown since 1980, Lyles also took the mental attitude award, played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and won Indiana’s Gatorade Player of the Year award.
It was an incredible season for the Tech star because he was willing to do anything it took to win.
Lyles averaged 23.7 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.4 blocks while shooting 58 percent from the field. And in one of this season’s headline games, a 93-88 overtime victory over Bluiett and Park Tudor on Jan. 4, Lyles scored 45 points, content to post up and draw fouls. In that game, he was 27 of 33 from the free-throw line.
“That’s something we talked about before the season,” Lyles said. “Me going down on the block was going to give us the best chance to win.”
Lyles’ legacy goes well beyond one spectacular season.
He averaged 18.0 points and 12.0 rebounds as a freshman and scored in double figures in each of his four high school seasons, helping Tech improve from 7-13 to 16-5 to 21-5 and 27-2 in 2013-14. He won the city’s player of the year award three times and finished as Tech’s career leader in points (1,888) and rebounds (1,209). He’s eighth all-time on the state’s career rebounding list and 83rd on the state’s career scoring list.
And now he has the traditional No. 1 jersey, too.
“I saw him smile more this year than I have in three years,” said Jason Delaney, who took over as Tech’s coach before Lyles’ sophomore season. “He had fun. He played and worked and made his teammates better.”

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