UK signee Trey Lyles picked the Wildcats over rival Louisville — his other finalist — last fall. U of L Coach Rick Pitino talked about his former recruit Tuesday on the Dan Patrick show.
Patrick asked Pitino if a recruit had ever specifically told him that he intended to be a one-and-done player.
“A young man, Trey Lyles, who came down to Kentucky and said to me he wants to stay in college one year and how did I feel about that,” Pitino recalled. “I said, ‘You should make that decision. I certainly couldn’t make that decision. You should let the pros make that decision.’ I said, ‘Going into it, you don’t want to get disappointed. Certainly, have a great freshman year and let the pros tell you if you’re ready.'”
Lyles is currently considered the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 draft, according to DraftExpress.com.
Patrick also asked Pitino about one-and-done players and how to improve that “rule.”
“Really, the pros would love to see another year of college,” Pitino said. “But it’s the players’ union (and) the agents that always stop the NBA from doing anything about it. Because they want to get the kids in their second contract quicker, because it’s more money for them. What I don’t understand is — in the flip side — they’re representing so many veterans who are being pushed out, who have large contracts, because of these young players. So, it would be in the best interest of the NBA as well as the young people, to give them another year of college. Because they’re not ready emotionally. Forget physically and mentally. They’re not ready emotionally for the NBA> Most players aren’t. I would say 90 percent of them.”