Spring Scouting: Jaquan Lyle

Inside the Hall continues its first breakdown of IU’s 2014 targets today with Evansville Bosse and Eric Gordon All-Stars Guard Jaquan Lyle. At last weekend’s State AAU Tournament, Lyle joined forces with the 2014 Derrick Rose Best Choice team, as his Eric Gordon squad was taking a weekend off.

Inside the Hall was in attendance for two of Lyle’s games and here are some of our thoughts from the weekend:

– Willing and talented passer: To an unaware observer, Lyle didn’t look like a new addition to the Derrick Rose Best Choice team. The 6-foot-4 freshman distributed the ball and played an unselfish style with a brand new set of teammates. Lyle knows how and when to find teammates, whether they’re cutting to the basket, moving off of screens for a jump shot or running the break for easy baskets. He can pass using the dribble, at a standstill or out of the post as he backs down his man. No matter the method, Lyle is an effective passer who creates easy scoring opportunities with great vision and crafty passing.

– Ability to penetrate: Lyle has a keen ability to get to the rim and can make it look easy. He has a tight, crisp handle on the ball and uses a good first step to get by defenders and into the lane. Once in the lane, Lyle can finish at the rim, get to the line or dish the ball out to an open teammate when help defense collapses on him.

– Above average length and athleticism: Lyle appears to have improved his bounce over the past 4-6 weeks as he now appears more confident in his ability to make plays above the rim.  As Lyle continues to work on his strength and agility, his athleticism should only improve. Lyle’s length also gives him an advantage on the defensive end where he can pester opponents and play the passing lanes for potential steals.

– Still growing?: While we certainly aren’t doctors, it isn’t out of the question to consider that Lyle could add a few more inches to his 6-foot-4, 187 pound frame. Just a year ago Lyle stood 5-foot-10, and having just turned 15 in February, there is reason to believe he could squeeze out another inch or two.

– Shooting consistency needs improvement: If there is one real weakness in Lyle’s game it is his inconsistency shooting from the perimeter. Lyle has the ability to knock down jump shots, but is also very streaky. Improving his overall shooting consistency would make the freshman guard that much harder to defend and that much more potent offensively.

New video of Lyle from the State AAU Tournament after the jump …

  • Anonymous

    jaquan lyle aka “too easy”. very smooth, great vision and doesn’t look like he is trying.

  • Anonymous

    Wow!  He looks great.  Furthermore, I did not know he grew 6″ in a year!  That’s incredible.  He is likely to grow another inch or two.  As he continues to grow into his body he will become much more atheletic and his shot will come (he has good form).  I would be thrilled to lock him up.  He is not only great now, his upside is huge!  And he is an Indiana kid! 

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Yeah, he looks silky smooth when he’s on the court.  I still think if you add just him to the 2014 class it’s the number one class and it’s a lock if you add another guy like maybe Trevon Bluett.  Shoot, it may end up being a top five class even if they don’t add another player but 2014 would look even better than 2012 if they can add this kid.  He’s good!

  • Anonymous

    Agreed.  I know his game is somewhat different, but he reminds me of a more perimeter oriented Hollowell.  Effortless and smooth.  Can you imagine our lineup with those three ’14 guys on the roster?!  That will be CZ’s senior year (hopefully) and the ’12 class on top of that!  WOW!  I hate to get too far ahead of myself, but we could be looking at a stretch like we had from the late 80s into the early/mid 90s success wise.  Exciting times!

  • BFBlog

    Whether he is a top prospect will depend on how he adjusts as those in his age group catch up to him. 

  • Anonymous

    Interesting in looking at the Rivals 2011 college basketball team rankings: 1) IU is #26, 2) the only players that we had a shot at and did not get that were ranked in the top 150, and, thus, could increase your score, were: B.J. Young (#25) Arkansas team #7, Aaron Thomas (#56) FL St team #22,Naadir Thrape (#92) and Jamari Traylor (#141) Kansas team #28, 3) I really wanted Young and Thomas. But the 1000 APR would have been in jeopardy, 4) As for the rest, I like Austin Etherington MUCH better!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe I just like the name Remy or something but consider me a Remy Abell fan.  I think he’ll be the most pleasant surprise this season.  I already have high expectations for Zeller and I feel that Etherington will probably do about what I expect but Remy is the Wild Card and I’m excited.

  • IU_Fan_99

    Can someone help me out? I want to go see the Chicago Best Buy Classic this weekend… If I’m reading this schedule right (huge grid), it says that Yogi/Hanner/etc (Indiana Elite – Team Indiana) will be playing at the Deerfield location (Joy of the Game) at 1:50 & 4:10PM on Saturday… am I reading that right? If so, are there any other games of interest that I should check out when I’m there? Thanks!

  • hoostheman

    Well he’s certainly better than Remy from American History X.

    In other news, Jaquan Lyle is the truth.  Not sure what I like better, his ridiculous court vision / feel for the game, or that awesome high-top fade.  Aside from Yogi he’s my favorite of the commits and potentials.

  • Anonymous

    Well they say he may grow a few inches but he’s already 6’9″ with the Kid N Play Hairdo.  You gotta love it.  Rockin’  a late 80’s do. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_55MMK54SN73VERFKIF3EQV74BA Ryne

    I LOVE this kid….His court vision and ability to feel his teammates position for the easy bucket are incredible.  I believe Jaquan has “tweeted” or expressed a high level of interest in our Hoosiers in other social networks channels, correct, or pls advise???  I would absolutely love to see Lyle in candy stripped pants next to Blackmon and Trey.  What a powerhouse frosh squad we would have and the mentors they would be able to gain experience from with the 2012!!!  I also think I remember reading Lyle’s dad or coach commenting that he will not be making a commitment or decision until his Senoir yr, also please advise??? 

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Looks correct to me on the times and location.

  • Anonymous

    I am very hopeful about Remy Abell. I just have not seen him play. I think that you could be on to something that we all will like.

  • Casey B.

    Two words:

    Flat. Top.

    ‘Nuff said.

  • Anonymous

    80s hair is OK on the court, but I’m still waiting for someone to bring back the old Artis Gilmore ‘fro/pointed sideburns.

  • Anonymous

    SO WHAT’S THE LATEST ON A.J HAMMONS IS HE GOING TO SIGN WITH I.U.

  • Anonymous

    SO WHAT’S THE LATEST ON A.J HAMMONS IS HE GOING TO SIGN WITH I.U.

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