Tyler Ulis, left, and Trey Lyles were part of a special recruiting class at UK. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)
By JESSICA JONES, Contributing Writer
John Calipari’s 2014 recruiting class was one of my personal favorites. Karl Towns went on to be the number one pick in the NBA draft and rookie of the year. He was so much fun to watch at Kentucky.
Devin Booker was the sharp shooting favorite of many ladies of the BBN. Remember girls licking his car on his autograph tour? He also brought the “reload” 3-point celebration to the Bluegrass. Booker was a lottery pick and finished third in the rookie of the year voting last season in the NBA.
Tyler Ulis. That’s all I really need to say. Tyler is considered by some Calipari’s best point guard thus far. He’s easily a fan favorite.
These three were so impactful to our memories and the game that we often forget about the fourth member of that class: Trey Lyles. He was so quietly good that even Calipari forgot about him. Remember midseason when Calipari joked that Trey was missing?
Trey had flashes of greatness while at UK and a silky smooth jumper. However, due to all the star power on that team, Trey was kind of an after thought.
I met Trey briefly in Chicago after the UCLA game in 2014. He was genuinely kind and goofy. He seems like a really great kid and will make BBN very proud.
I watched Trey in the summer league the other day against the Celtics where he posted 26 points and 11 rebounds. It was just the summer league and one shouldn’t get too excited but he looked great. He also played well against the Spurs summer league team where he hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Trey averaged 6 points in his rookie season with the Jazz. I look for him to continue to improve on that this season. He has all the skills and now with his rookie year under his belt I think he will start to make more of an impact.
I think it’s possible we may even see the Jazz in the playoffs next spring. Kentucky fans should keep an eye on Trey in Utah. Trey will have a very long and successful NBA career.