The Indiana Mr. Basketball honor recognizes the top high school basketball player in the state of Indiana.
The award is presented annually by The Indianapolis Star.
The Indiana Mr. Basketball award is the oldest such award in the nation, predating the second oldest by over a decade.
This year Trey Lyles wins IndyStar Mr. Basketball award 2014.
When Trey Lyles had an opportunity to help design a special game jersey prior to his senior season at Tech High School, his first thought was pink.
Not only was it a way to honor a number of players’ family members affected by cancer, it was a fashionable alternative to the Titans’ traditional forest green uniforms.
“We wanted to show we’re supporters of those with any type of cancer,” Lyles said. “And a lot of guys like to wear pink.”
It also carried deep personal meaning for Lyles. His uncle, Darrell, a longtime smoker, died from lung cancer in October 2010, a month before Trey played his first varsity game as a freshman. Trey was close with his uncle and the pair shared many of the same interests and attributes. When Trey would mock the way Darrell would fall asleep on the couch watching television, his uncle would give it back to him.
So when Trey pulled on the pink jersey for a few games this season, he felt like Darrell was with him again, at least in spirit.
“I was hoping that he’d be able to be around for at least one game,” Lyles said. “I wrote his name on my shoes and wore pink shoes for that reason, but it hurt. I wish he could have been there.”
Darrell would have taken great pride in his nephew’s accomplishments, which now includes 2014 IndyStar Mr. Basketball.