2018 Forest Hill G Philip Lyttle talks senior year, recruitment and more

High School

Posted On: 01/18/18 10:34 AM

Philip Lyttle has been playing very well this season for Forest Hill.

After averaging 13.1 PPG and 4.1 RPG as a junior, Lyttle has upped the ante with averages of 14.8 PPG and 8.2 RPG.

He has reached double digits in all but five of the team’s 17 matchups as the Falcons sit at 16-1 and tied atop Class 8A-District 13 with Dwyer.

Lyttle says last year helped people know that Forest Hill is a basketball team to remember.

“We surprised a lot of people from last year to be one of the top teams in the county,” Lyttle told Prep Hoops Florida. “I learned how to lead as the captain of the team and get everyone to put the team before ourselves. The part of my game that improved most was my ability to shot off the dribble and shooting the three so it forces the defender to play my pull up and the drive.”

At 6’3″, 195 lbs., Lyttle is a strong guard who can push the ball in tempo. He pointed to his biggest strength as his versatility.

“I’m great at getting to the basket going downhill and can pull up for a shot if the defense plays back,” he said. “I pride my self on being able to guard positions 1-5 on the court.”

He says he wants to continue to improve his handles and long range jumper.

No offers have come yet for Lyttle but he’s drawn interest from Division II Palm Beach Atlantic and Division III Theil College.

Lyttle starting playing basketball at the age of 11.

He spent this summer playing for the Wellington Wolves. Prior to that, he was with the Delray Blazers.

Highly underrecruited, Lyttle is performing at a high level. He dropped 30 points in wins over Inlet Grove on Jan. 6 and against Palm Beach Lakes on Jan. 9. In both of those games, he shot over 65 percent from the field. In 8A ball, Lyttle is playing tough and showing his grit. This kid will be playing somewhere next fall, there’s no doubt in my mind.