Five questions with Bosse freshman Jaquan Lyle

  • 03/14/2011 4:48 pm in

Inside the Hall had a chance to catch up with 2014 Evansville Bosse freshman Jaquan Lyle earlier this afternoon. Lyle finished his first varsity season with averages of 15.6 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game.

(You can watch HD video of Lyle against Washington from Saturday at this link.)

Here’s a transcript of what the dynamic freshman had to say about Bosse’s season, his recruitment and more:

On his accomplishments as an individual and a team his freshman season:

“The goal was to win the sectional championship and we did that. Then we made bigger goals. But I’m very happy with the way we ended.”

On what he can take from Saturday’s loss to Washington in the regional:

“I’ve got to start moving more without the ball. I didn’t move as much without the ball. But mostly, my shot wasn’t going in. My pull up jumper off the dribble, too.”

On stepping into a big role at Bosse as a freshman and whether he felt pressure:

“I kept my composure most of the year. For me, playing basketball against anybody is hard, but I just come into the game thinking I’m better than everybody. That’s just the way I am. I’m competitive like that so I just think that nobody can guard me.”

On how he’s handling the recruiting process thus far:

“My family and coaches, we talk about it all the time. I’m probably going to make my decision late sophomore or early junior year.”

On Indiana:

“It’s a good school and a good coach.”

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  • Kelin Blab

    First I think Jaquan got a little media 101 last time…the short but brief IU comment is classic.

    Love his confidence and that is what we need more of. He comes into every game thinking he is better than everyone and no one can guard him. I love the swag.

  • What Kelin said is exactly what I was thinking. Due to his twitter, this time around he seems like he’s trying not to say the wrong thing and lead people to believe he is leaning one way. Still want to know what kind of player he is and a comparison to someone, those of you who have seen him.

  • JerryCT

    Off topic but I just watched video of Traylor. He looked really aggressive and even though I think we need perimeter defense more than another big I think he would be an exciting addition to the class. We need a player like this to push CW around until he becomes DJ White on the low block

  • JerryCT

    Off topic but I just watched video of Traylor. He looked really aggressive and even though I think we need perimeter defense more than another big I think he would be an exciting addition to the class. We need a player like this to push CW around until he becomes DJ White on the low block

  • Anonymous

    At this point I’d be happy to see CW be Mike White on the block.

  • Anonymous

    At this point I’d be happy to see CW be Mike White on the block.

  • How about some DeAndre Thomas??

  • Anonymous

    Ben Allen?

  • JerryCT

    marcus ……… no pressure but you always make me laugh. At least you didn’t say Bootsie White ……….. one of my favorite IU players

  • Not true at all.

  • Kelin Blab

    Even I know that one isn’t true and I have a friend of Jaquan story as well…and the name xavier didn’t come up at all.

  • Kelin Blab

    Jerry I think with Vic, Will, Pritch and a traylor type of player that can erase mistakes on the back line or guard out on the wing, that would be a solid defensive group. From what I have seen of him via you tube…he is like the kid from Iowa that torched us

  • Bootsie White! Oh… too late.

  • Q95

    i have a question for jaquan…how’s your defense??

  • Without the ball

    Amen to that comment. Jump to the ball….block someone out….take a defensive stance….play some helpside defense….don’t just stand up straight the entire time waiting to get the ball again.

    Listen….my grandma could flash to the basket and score if Jaquan was guarding her, because Jaquan wouldn’t have a clue that she cut to the basket. He’s too busy standing straight up without any thought of helpside defense, staring at the guy with the ball wandering when he’ll get to shoot again.

    That isn’t just Jaquan’s fault though, I’m guessing that is a product of the system he is in. Historically if you can reverse the ball from one side of the floor to the other….you can score on Bosse. If you can make more than 3 passes….you can score on Bosse. It looks like Jaquan is continuing that tradition. If you want to stand out as an IU recruit Jaquan….(and I hope you do)…why don’t you seperate yourself from everyone else and try to be known as the best defensive player in Southern Indiana along with the best offensive player in Southern Indiana. No doubt the kid has talent. I just got a pet peeve watching great talent not give all the effort that is needed. Gotta remember though, he’s only a freshman.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t know if anyone saw this video or not, but Cody took a couple of shots (at least one of them looks cheap—and I live in Corydon,) in the regional championship game.

    http://www.ihigh.com/school8572/video_893840.html

  • JerryCT

    You make me laugh too. IU may be the only D-1 team to ever have a player named “Bootsie”. SOunds more like the name of a cat or Vegas “show girl”

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure Ben Allen ever found the low block.

  • Anonymous

    He was a hellacious bass player, too…no, my bad, that’s Bootsy Collins.

  • JerryCT

    I agree if they played together. That was rare this year. I am actually hoping WS, VO beat out VJ3 and MO next year and that we run the ball starting w defensive stops.

    I like VJ3 and Mo but 70% of the game is defense ( ie 50% plus 20% of the offense ) .

  • JerryCT

    CZ needs to play alongside DE who can trip the SOB when he sees that guy coming

  • CreamandCrimson

    Great name but I believe St.John’s had a player during the Mike Jarvis era named Bootsy Thornton.

  • MillaRed

    First thing I see here, when you are running north and south full speed, anyone of any size can knock you off your feet. Especially in hoops when you are not expecting that kind of contact.

    Secondly, you can see officiating is terrible at all levels. Zeller gets the foul there. Which was pathetic.

    The disturbing thing is, when you see a kid going at someone with this kind of vigor on a basketball court, more times than not the coach is the culprit. Also pathetic. They knew they couldn’t win, so they resort to this. Really too bad there are programs out there that would go after a high school kid like that.

  • Anonymous

    This was priceless.

  • So_Cal_Hoosier

    T-Mobile is proof that the devil exists.

  • Anonymous

    blah blah…i’m coming to indiana blah blah….i will just wait awhile to announce it so it looks like I did my due diligence so my coach and family will support that.
    sorry to post as a guest…but I just can’t stay logged into my disqus for some reason…

  • creanknightmccracken

    Yea i had this same concern in their regional game against washington. I remember a specific play where he was standing in the lane and the player with the ball drove baseline right behind him for a wide open layup and he had no clue.

  • hoostheman

    Slow clap for this comment.

  • Anonymous

    After watching this I have to wonder why can’t we reverse the ball that fast……..Oh it’s because VJ has to get his required 357 dribbles per game in..