SALT LAKE CITY (June 25, 2015) — The Utah Jazz have selected Indianapolis native Trey Lyles with the No. 12 pick of the NBA draft. The 6-foot-10, 241-pound forward from Kentucky is versatile with strong ball-handling skills for his size.
Lyles averaged 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Wildcats and was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team after his lone collegiate season.
Lyles played for Arsenal Tech from 2010 to 2014, and he led them to their first ever state basketball championship in 2014.
The Jazz went into the offseason needing shooting after averaging the fifth-fewest points per game last season. Frontcourt depth became a priority after moving Enes Kanter to the Thunder at the deadline.
The Jazz finished the season with a 38-44 record, a 13-game improvement from the 2013-14 season, and were slotted No. 12 after a tiebreak drawing with the Pacers.
The Jazz also own the No. 42 pick and the No. 54 selection.