No Arizona prospect has helped themselves more this high school season than Westwind Prep Academy's 6-foot-4, 180-pound senior guard Lyrik Shreiner. After deciding to transfer from Glendale High School for his senior season to Westwind Prep, Shreiner has elevated his game, and, as a result, also elevated his college recruitment as well.
After strong performances this past spring and summer on the AAU/club circuit, Shreiner has played exceptionally well this fall as well and many college programs are now taking notice. Recently, Shreiner turned in his best performance of his young career when he poured in a big 24-point effort in his team's narrow loss to nationally ranked Findlay Prep (NV). The game was on the road on Findlay's home floor in Nevada, and was in front of numerous college coaches, scouts and media. As a result, Shreiner is now generating serious recruiting interest from numerous college programs.
According to Westwind Prep Academy head coach Nick Weaver, Shreiner is currently hearing from Louisiana-Lafayette, Portland State and North Texas. While he currently does not possess a scholarship offer, he is well-deserving of a mid-major opportunity.
This week, Shreiner scored a game-high 28 points against Scottsdale Junior College - a big performance for a high school senior against junior college talent. Shreiner is averaging 24 points per/game this high school season.
Shreiner has soared well below the recruiting radar for sometime, even though he is a nice talent that I have spoken about for the past 2 years. While possessing excellent athleticism as a player and an excellent overall academic profile, the senior shooting guard prospect is just now coming into his own as a college prospect.
Shreiner emerged on the Arizona basketball recruiting scene during the spring of 2012, after his freshman season at Glendale HS – displaying very good athleticism and a high motor on the basketball floor.
As a sophomore for Glendale HS head coach Scott Stafford, Shreiner was a major factor for his Cardinals team – averaging 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per/game on the season. Last season as a junior at Glendale HS, on a team that struggled mightily to win basketball games, Shreiner was the team’s top performer again – averaging a team-high 17.4 points, 3.1 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2 steals per game.
This past spring and summer, Shreiner had a strong performance while playing for his club program – the Arizona Magic Pump N’ Run-2014 team. Shreiner played well within himself and became a very good teammate on a well-balanced team of Arizona prospects – leading the team to two tournament championships. Shreiner also came up big this fall in this year's Arizona Preps Fall Showcase, where he showed very good aggression and a high-level ability to compete.
Shreiner’s high level of confidence in his play and an ability to create his own shot are glaring and nice attributes for Shreiner. His sheer athleticism and ability to create and finish plays has him among the very best players at his position among the 2014 class. While Shreiner is able to play well above the rim and is a terrific scorer in transition, he will need to continue to develop his ability to shoot the basketball off the dribble. He is currently a very good shooter from the stand-still position on the floor and with good range.
Shreiner is an excellent ballhandler, which allows him to play both guard positions on the floor, but he will still need to improve his court vision to show a true ability to play the point position for long stretches. He is a strong defender though, and is capable of becoming a lock-down defender over time, as a result of his long wingspan and quick hands and feet.
Shreiner also absolutely loves the game of basketball and is a gym rat that works hard with a personal trainer almost daily. He is always around the game and will do whatever it takes for him to reach his potential as a player – a valuable attribute as a college prospect.
Shreiner’s best asset as a student-athlete is his ability to get it done in the classroom. Shreiner is an excellent student and carries 3.4 CUM GPA. If he can continue to focus in the classroom, he will see his potential as a college basketball prospect rise even higher.
"He is so good and has improve so much," said Nick Weaver. "He is a great kid."
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Shreiner is a very athletic talent with excellent promise as a college prospect physically. He has excellent lift off the floor and a quick jump, which allows him to finish plays often inside the paint and in transition. Shreiner plays well above the rim. He is at his best as a slasher and in the open floor where he thrives. He possesses an excellent motor and loves the game of basketball. He is an excellent scorer from mid-range and off the dribble, but still needs better consistency on his perimeter jump shot, while also needing to improve his range as well. He is a very good ball handler and is capable of playing both guard positions on the floor, although he needs to become a much better passer and learn to make players around him better. A very good defender with excellent lateral quickness and anticipation on the court. Has the potential to become a nice prospect for a low to mid-major division-I program.