• Kelin Blab

    For 2014 he is as good and as important as Trey Lyles. If he goes to a full time PG at about 6’5 he will be big big big time!

  • jgongora86

    I think it’s just me but he runs and up and down the court like a Calbert Cheaney.  Everything looks easy to him, and lets the game come to him.   

  • N71

    From the video he plays big and likes contact.  Defenders kind of bounce off of him, reminds me of Carmelo Anthony a little where he can shoot, drive, and operate down low if needed although he’s not really a big.  Not sure I see him as just a point guard, he can do a bunch more.  Considering we have Blackman and Lyles I’d love to see Jaquan join the class as well as a defense/rebound oriented big and a point to replace Yogi assuming he’s in the NBA by the time this class arrives.  There’s also Trevon from Park Tudor to consider.  It will be really interesting to see how the pieces come together and fit with the ’12 and ’13 classes.  Is it too early to start talking about the 2015 class?  I think it was about this time last year when the 2014 class started to commit.

  • We’ll have some video of a 2015 prospect to watch later this week.

  • Anonymous

    Long time reader, first time comment. It would be great to see someone from my alma mater in candy stripes. Love what you do here at ITH, guys!

  • Anonymous

    Incredibly gifted for his age.  He appear to be showing more and more spurts of athletisism (finishing above the rim), which should only improve with maturity. 

    I really like him and believe he is a key for IU.  I love him because even if Yogi is still at IU in 2014 (he likely will be) Jaquan can still play off of the ball at a 2 spot and rotate over to the 1 when Yogi is out of the game.  This will help him adjust to the roll for when Yogi does leave.  He and Blackmon on the wings would absolutley light up the score board.

    Mark my words…Calbert signs this kid! 

  • Karl Hungus

    I always think Jim Jackson when I see this kid play and it is more than just the hair.

  • Karl Hungus

    I always think Jim Jackson when I see this kid play and it is more than just the hair.

  • The only reason I’d want to skip out on a 2013 PG is to land this kid.  Love his vision, love his size, love his smoothness.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t think that way.  He can play about 3 positions, at least from this video.  Most point guards can be in there together, except maybe Yogi at his size.  But I think Yogi can play with a larger point.  I would like to have at least 4 guys who can play point guard.  We didn’t really have one point guard last year.  Just 2 combo guards (3 if you count Rivers).  So let’s get some guys who can handle the ball.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t think that way.  He can play about 3 positions, at least from this video.  Most point guards can be in there together, except maybe Yogi at his size.  But I think Yogi can play with a larger point.  I would like to have at least 4 guys who can play point guard.  We didn’t really have one point guard last year.  Just 2 combo guards (3 if you count Rivers).  So let’s get some guys who can handle the ball.

  • But put yourself in Jaquan’s shoes: you’d already be playing behind Yogi, so would you want to play behind another PG?  (I’m guessing that he’d be a better PG than any 2013 kid we’d get, but the fact remains that we’d have 3 PGs, possibly 4 if Abell gets time there.)  I agree that Jaquan could — and should — play multiple positions, but his best shot at the NBA would probably be at PG.  Plus, we’ll still have a plethora of wings (at least his frosh year), so it’s not like there’s a ton of easy PT out there.

    I’m with you; I want a bunch of ball handlers.  But between Yogi, Buss, Abell, Blackmon, I think we’ve got enough ball handlers to skip out on a 2013 PG and add Jaquan.  (I realize that Abell, Buss, and Blackmon won’t play PG as their primary position — at least not when Yogi’s on the floor — but Yogi should be playing about 30 mins a game, so all we need is those other guys to cover for him while he’s resting.  Adding Jaquan means that there’s be little drop off if Yogi needs to sit or we want him to play off the ball.)

  • Anonymous

    I think for a Freshman on a top 10 ranked team (that is my assumption from talent coming in) playing 15 to 20 min a game is pretty good.  If he gets to run point for 10-12 min that would be great for him.  We are going to have to change our thinking in the next 3 years.  We were telling guys they can come in a get a lot of minutes immediately, now they are going to be in a top notch program with the opportunity to earn playing time.  I like the second option best.

  • Anonymous

    I think for a Freshman on a top 10 ranked team (that is my assumption from talent coming in) playing 15 to 20 min a game is pretty good.  If he gets to run point for 10-12 min that would be great for him.  We are going to have to change our thinking in the next 3 years.  We were telling guys they can come in a get a lot of minutes immediately, now they are going to be in a top notch program with the opportunity to earn playing time.  I like the second option best.

  • Anonymous

    I think Lyle is going to be a stud, and based on everything I have read about him, I think it would be a major upset if he plays for anyone other than IU.

    That said, I wouldn’t skip out on a ’13 PG based on Lyle.  If Yogi is still here in ’14 (please, please), he will be the point, but I think it will be nearly impossible to keep Lyle on the bench.  I think we will see him playing a lot of 2/3 and being a secondary ball handler.

    I think PGs are a lot like starting pitchers; you can never have too many players who can handle the ball.  I’d love to have Newkirk or Jackson.

  • Anonymous

    I think Lyle is going to be a stud, and based on everything I have read about him, I think it would be a major upset if he plays for anyone other than IU.

    That said, I wouldn’t skip out on a ’13 PG based on Lyle.  If Yogi is still here in ’14 (please, please), he will be the point, but I think it will be nearly impossible to keep Lyle on the bench.  I think we will see him playing a lot of 2/3 and being a secondary ball handler.

    I think PGs are a lot like starting pitchers; you can never have too many players who can handle the ball.  I’d love to have Newkirk or Jackson.

  • Anonymous

    I think Lyle is going to be a stud, and based on everything I have read about him, I think it would be a major upset if he plays for anyone other than IU.

    That said, I wouldn’t skip out on a ’13 PG based on Lyle.  If Yogi is still here in ’14 (please, please), he will be the point, but I think it will be nearly impossible to keep Lyle on the bench.  I think we will see him playing a lot of 2/3 and being a secondary ball handler.

    I think PGs are a lot like starting pitchers; you can never have too many players who can handle the ball.  I’d love to have Newkirk or Jackson.

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree.  Lyle will have the ball in his hands plenty even if he and Yogi are on the floor together. 

    Also, for a player like Lyle, I don’t believe he will see guys like Buss, Abell and Blackmon as being ahead of him on the depth chart when he comes to IU.  He seems like the type of kid who will take that as a challenge. 

    I just don’t believe that CTC will be able to bury a guy like Lyle on the bench no matter how many good wings or combo guards we have. 

    CTC said that the easiest thing about playing at IU the last 3 years has been earning PT, but that was going to become one of the most difficult. I think by the time the ’14 class gets to campus, that will be very true.

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree.  Lyle will have the ball in his hands plenty even if he and Yogi are on the floor together. 

    Also, for a player like Lyle, I don’t believe he will see guys like Buss, Abell and Blackmon as being ahead of him on the depth chart when he comes to IU.  He seems like the type of kid who will take that as a challenge. 

    I just don’t believe that CTC will be able to bury a guy like Lyle on the bench no matter how many good wings or combo guards we have. 

    CTC said that the easiest thing about playing at IU the last 3 years has been earning PT, but that was going to become one of the most difficult. I think by the time the ’14 class gets to campus, that will be very true.

  • Anonymous

    Kid seems like he is very advanced for his age, physically and intellectually.  I hope he keeps that edge.  If he does, please come to IU.  Love the high top fade, that alone should warrant a scholarship.  Saw him at an AAU tournament, wearing a very large IU sweatshirt and hat….watching Lyles and Blackmon….chilling on the sidelines.  Very cool kid.

  • Anonymous

    Love that!  Wearing a large IU sweatshirt and hat…Priceless!  I think this kid loves being “out there” a little bit, and I dig that.  I think they (parents/coaches) have closed his Twitter account twice. 

  • Anonymous

    Love that!  Wearing a large IU sweatshirt and hat…Priceless!  I think this kid loves being “out there” a little bit, and I dig that.  I think they (parents/coaches) have closed his Twitter account twice. 

  • Anonymous

    Love that!  Wearing a large IU sweatshirt and hat…Priceless!  I think this kid loves being “out there” a little bit, and I dig that.  I think they (parents/coaches) have closed his Twitter account twice. 

  • Anonymous

    Love that!  Wearing a large IU sweatshirt and hat…Priceless!  I think this kid loves being “out there” a little bit, and I dig that.  I think they (parents/coaches) have closed his Twitter account twice. 

  • Anonymous

    Love that!  Wearing a large IU sweatshirt and hat…Priceless!  I think this kid loves being “out there” a little bit, and I dig that.  I think they (parents/coaches) have closed his Twitter account twice. 

  • Anonymous

    He is not Yogi-quick, but he isn’t slow.  The feed does go from regular tempo to slow mo quite a bit.  I think he is very athletic.  A 15/16 year old kid who can dunk basically from a set position?  I find that to be quite athletic!  I don’t know if he will be top 10 in his class when all is said and done, but he should be more than a solid contributor wherever he plays.

  • Anonymous

    He is not Yogi-quick, but he isn’t slow.  The feed does go from regular tempo to slow mo quite a bit.  I think he is very athletic.  A 15/16 year old kid who can dunk basically from a set position?  I find that to be quite athletic!  I don’t know if he will be top 10 in his class when all is said and done, but he should be more than a solid contributor wherever he plays.

  • Anonymous

    He is not Yogi-quick, but he isn’t slow.  The feed does go from regular tempo to slow mo quite a bit.  I think he is very athletic.  A 15/16 year old kid who can dunk basically from a set position?  I find that to be quite athletic!  I don’t know if he will be top 10 in his class when all is said and done, but he should be more than a solid contributor wherever he plays.

  • Gustin

    After watching all the videos, I can only imagine that his team mates will really enjoy playing with him.  His passing is quite impressive, IMHO.