Despite some positive morning chatter, Trey Lyles ultimately went the expected route and committed to Kentucky over Louisville on Tuesday afternoon. He announced his decision live on ESPNU from his high school gymnasium
The five-star power forward is the No. 8 overall player in the 2014 class according to Rivals.com, and had been Louisville's No. 1 frontcourt target since the early summer. Evan Daniels of Scout.com had said that Lyles' commitment would have boosted U of L's class from No. 9 to No. 2 in the network's updated rankings. Instead, it moved Kentucky back up to its usual spot at No. 1.
Louisville's 2014 class of big man Chinanu Onuaku and top 100 forwards Shaqquan Arron and Jaylen Johnson remains ranked in the top 10 even without the addition of Lyles.
It would have been nice, but it also would have been shocking. I think most U of L fans were already prepared to live their basketball lives without Trey Lyles in the fold, and thus the world can keep on spinning.