BENTON — He’s not a Wildcat yet, but Trey Lyles will almost certainly set a milestone on Kentucky soil Saturday.
The UK signee needs just three points to become Arsenal Tech’s all-time scoring leader. That record currently belongs to Frank Kendrick, who scored 1,269 points for the Indianapolis high school before graduating in 1970. Kendrick later starred at Purdue and played for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA.
Lyles will play two games Saturday at the Marshall County Hoop Fest. He’ll likely break the school scoring record in the showcase opener against Ballard at noon Central Time.
“We’re excited that it will happen here,” Tech Coach Jason Delaney said after Friday’s practice.
Lyles will also play against Huntington Prep on Saturday (at 8 p.m. CT). That team features several frontcourt players ranked among the top recruits in the country, including five-star junior Thomas Bryant and four-star prospects Angel Delgado and Levi Cook.
Delaney says the two games should be a good test for Lyles.
“It gives him an opportunity that we don’t see every day,” he said. “We see great players, but we don’t see guys of his size all the time. Last year, we played against Curie with Cliff Alexander, and that was fun. You see great players rise to the occasion when you have that.”