One of the more tantalizing prospects within the junior class, not just on the east coast, but in all of America, is found in the heart of the Capital. Chris Lykes, a mighty speedster leading the famed Gonzaga College High School crew under the tutelage of Steve Turner, has become quite the followed recruit and on Friday, another program jumped into the hopper with the 5-foot-7 guard.
One of the quickest guys from endline to endline, Lykes may not look the part of a high-major prospect, but after getting a glance of him in running his team in the backcourt, making shots from off the bounce and from off the catch, and showing continued grit and toughness on both sides of the court, it becomes easy to sense the value with the dynamo of a point guard.
Suiting up with Keith Stevens’ Team Takeover bunch on the Nike EYBL circuit last summer and again this upcoming spring, while he may be on the smaller side of things, getting a glance of Lykes has never been an issue. While some coaches may feel that they can’t take a guy with lacking size at the point guard spot as they may feel that they are at a disadvantage on the defensive end, the DMV recruit more than makes up for this ideology through his on-ball defense that he can exert for larger portions on the playing floor.
Heading into this past weekend, Lykes’ last visit was to Miami which came during his time in southern Florida for a high school event that his group was playing in. Upon completing it, it seems that it was a stop that definitely impressed the junior. “It was nice. I liked it. It was like 80 every day,” Lykes said.
While others such as VCU, Baylor, George Washington, George Mason, Vanderbilt, Santa Clara, Villanova, and Louisville are showing further interest that Lykes noted as those coming at him the hardest, it was Georgetown that dished out an offer to him on Friday evening as the Hoyas hosted the speed demon of a guard the following day for its contest with DePaul.
Remaining open with the process, expect for those that may not have offered so far, to continue to evaluate Lykes and upon doing so, dish out more offers his way as he enters his senior campaign with the Takeover bunch out of DC.