In what is now a constantly recurring theme in college basketball, John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats landed yet another big recruit after forward Trey Lyles committed, CBS Sports reported on Tuesday.
Rivals.com ranks Lyles, a 6'10 forward from Indianapolis, as the No. 8 prospect in the class of 2014. His commitment was enough to make the Kentucky class of 2014 the top recruiting class, according to 247 Sports.
Lyle's decision came down to the Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals after he removed the Florida Gators and the Butler Bulldogs from his list. Kentucky recruited Lyle rather aggressively after he decommitted from the Indiana Hoosiers in the summer of 2012. Lyles committed to the Hoosiers before he had played a single game in his freshman year of high school.
Lyle's commitment ends a losing streak for Calipari's invincibility when it comes to getting every recruit he wants. Emmanuel Mudiay, the top guard in the class of 2014, committed to Southern Methodist University in late August. Kelly Oubre, another coveted recruit, cancelled his official visit to Kentucky and committed to Kansas. So for a short period of time, Calipari's recruiting prowess looked mortal.
Calipari bounced back in a quick way, landing four-star guard Devin Booker and Lyles in one week's time. Add five-star forward Karl Towns and four-star guard Tyler Ulis to the mix, and its good for one of the best recruiting classes in the country. The four recruits to Kentucky are all ranked in the top 50 in the class of 2014.
There's still plenty of recruits available who could make significant shifts in the recruiting rankings. Of the top 10 recruits in the class of 2014, according to Rivals.com, only three have committed to schools so far. Two players most likely to launch a team to the top spot, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, maintain they will attend the same school. Jones cancelled his official visit at the end of September after Ulis committed to Kentucky.