2012 Run-N-Slam: Jaquan Lyle video, Q & A

Evansville Bosse and Spiece Indy Heat guard Jaquan Lyle is a consensus top 20 player nationally in the 2014 class and holds offers from Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Kansas State, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Providence, Purdue, Tennessee and Xavier.

Lyle and Spiece Indy Heat finished the 2012 Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam just 2-2 over the weekend in Fort Wayne, but a more slender Lyle was effective distributing the ball and scoring in transition and from the perimeter.

We’ve compiled over three minutes of high definition quality video of Lyle from pool play games against I-90 Elite, Ohio Varsity and Mac Irvin Fire in the embedded media player below:

Our Q & A with the five-star guard is available after the jump.

On how the first two Nike EYBL sessions went for him and for Spiece Indy Heat:

“EYBL went well. We’ve played pretty good. Individually, I’ve been looking to score, but I’ve really been looking to get my teammates involved and being a good point guard, getting them the ball, getting them shots.”

On where things currently stand with his recruitment:

“Really the schools are still equal right now. A lot more schools are getting involved, Providence offered me today. I’ve gotta take a lot of visits this spring and during the summer and see where it goes.”

On any upcoming visits he’s trying to plan:

“I really don’t know yet. The next school I visit will be UK though for sure.”

On Kentucky getting involved in his recruitment:

“They were recruiting me real early and then they started to back. And then after the Minneapolis EYBL event, the first one, they started recruiting me again. I talked to Coach (John) Calipari a couple of days ago. It was pretty good.”

On the latest with Indiana:

“They backed off probably for a month, but I talked to Coach (Tom) Crean for probably 15-to-20 minutes about how I need to get involved and score more, but that I’m still playing good. IU is still staying equal with everyone else. Coach Crean is a great coach and they have a great program.”

On when he hopes to make a decision:

“Probably the middle of basketball season of next year.”

On what will be the most important factor in picking a school:

“If they just get the ball out and run. That’s what I like to do is just get the ball and run, pick-and-rolls, a lot of motion offense and a lot of freedom.”

On his friendships with James Blackmon and Trey Lyles:

“At first, eighth grade year we weren’t on the same team when we played each other (in AAU). And James killed us and I just hated him. They beat the brakes off of us. Trey, he was on his team and they just killed us. After that, I didn’t really like them. Whenever I played with them in Oregon during June last year, we got to talking and after that, we just got to hang out and everything and now me, James and Trey are probably best friends.”

On whether he talks to them about recruiting:

“They talk about recruiting a lot, talk about me coming to IU or if I’m going to come to IU. If I’m not going to come to IU, then they say ‘get off the team’ (laughs).”

  • Diehard

    It’s strange, because as good as this kid obviously is, he doesn’t excite me as much as some of the others we are pursuing. For whatever reason, guys like Monte Morris and Semi Ojeleye jump out at me more. Maybe he’s just so big and strong that it looks easy.

  • Joe B

    Priority #1. Having Jaquan and Trey would be unreal. The level of athleticism on our team would triple instantly. This guy is a PG in a 2-3 build. He obviously attacks the rim hard as shown by how much it shakes on a few of those dunks. The only thing that would scare me is I feel both Trey and Jaquan are potential 1 and dones, which makes me get that nervous UK feeling for Jaquan.

  • Joe B

    Priority #1. Having Jaquan and Trey would be unreal. The level of athleticism on our team would triple instantly. This guy is a PG in a 2-3 build. He obviously attacks the rim hard as shown by how much it shakes on a few of those dunks. The only thing that would scare me is I feel both Trey and Jaquan are potential 1 and dones, which makes me get that nervous UK feeling for Jaquan.

  • WisconHoosier

    He’s disruptive, and wears the other team down with his constant offensive pressure. When they get tired, or relax, he snaps a bullet pass to a cutter for a dunk. The defense can’t take their eyes off him for one second or they get burned.

    I’d love to see him at IU.

  • SirEric

    I don’t know what this kid doesn’t do well. His court vision and passing is superb. He is an elite talent. I really hope CTC is going after him hard. He is an Indiana guy. He should stay in Indiana, at IU. I really like him a lot. Hope we reel him in.

  • twarrior87

    Sounds like James and Trey are in his ear about coming to IU and that’s good to hear. Please don’t fall for the serpent’s charm down in Kentucky JaQuan.

  • Miamihoosier

    Blackmon and Lyles are awesome……either join us, or hit the road… ahahaha that is what we need around here…if Lyle doesn’t come to IU, he better go to a team like Kentucky that is too scared to play us, so he won’t have to deal with the wrath of James and Trey on the court

  • Miamihoosier

    Blackmon and Lyles are awesome……either join us, or hit the road… ahahaha that is what we need around here…if Lyle doesn’t come to IU, he better go to a team like Kentucky that is too scared to play us, so he won’t have to deal with the wrath of James and Trey on the court

  • N71

    Imagine this 2014 class:

    Jaquan – a 1 or 2 guard (will be able to play both positions by his senior year in HS)
    James – a 1 or 2 guard (same versatility as Jaquan)
    Trevon – a 3 or 4 depending on how much more he grows
    Trey – a 3, 4 or 5 depending on who else is on the team
    A big center: ________________?

    James and Jaquan could handle any defense, break any press. Trevon would be this Mark Aguirre type, old school scoring machine, Trey could do whatever he wants because no one can guard a guy his size with his skills. The only thing needed is a shot blocker in the middle so Trey and Trevon don’t have shift a position to guard the paint…I guess unless Trey grows another 5 inches.

  • Ryno19

    This kid goes to the same high school that I went to. His talent is off the chart but his attitude worries me. I’m hoping he matures mentally and then comes to IU and dominates.

  • 888

    Hes enjoying his recruitment and cant blame him. Hes IU bound guys. No way he slips away. When Wats shot fell he almost jumped out of his skin. Hell be in the huge 2014 class for IU

  • SCHoosier

    Well that “friendship” with James and Trey could make the difference..altho I think this kid’s head can be turned with a promise of “come with us and be the man”..instead of going to IU and being one of 6 great recurits. Who knows. He’s young and should check out his options..just hope Crean stays on him..altho as we are seeing..lot of talent out now now picking up the phone when Crean calls. What a difference! Let me add..that this kid at 6-5 is exactly the prototype point guard that Crean has described as what he wants and likes..

  • iufan4life10

    How about Zeller as a senior (if he stays), Jurkin as a junior, Fischer as a sophomore, or Lee or Anya as a sophomore. I think that 5 spot will be solid for years to come.

  • N71

    Agree…but IF you were to add a big for 2014 who should it be? Who do we have a shot with? Who would the other 4 guys want in their class? etc.

  • CreanFaithful

    That is just not gonna happen… Zeller that is.

  • HoosierKen73

    My vite for another ‘big’ would be Cliff Alexander from Chicago Curie… He’s a five star on everyone’s list and another terrifically gifted athlete, He’s 6′ 9″ now, but could grow an inch or two by the time he graduates. Wow the possibilities are tremendous.

  • iufan4life10

    I heard that Lyle played an AAU game with Alexander and they both had a good time playing together. If Alexander is an option that would be huge. Also, Noah Vonieh sounds like he is a similar player to Lyles and that could be huge to have both Lyles and Vonieh having solid inside/outside games.

  • iufan4life10

    I agree I will be absolutely shocked if Zeller plays his senior year at IU. The other players will be extremely solid at the 5 though and allow Lyles to do what he does at the 4.

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisSchutte3 Chris Schutte

    I watched him play against Mac Irvin. The kid is electric.

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisSchutte3 Chris Schutte

    I watched him play against Mac Irvin. The kid is electric.

  • HoosierTrav

    he was the best player on the court for most of the game IMO.

  • HoosierTrav

    That must be what it is. I watched this kid this weekend against Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor and he did what he wanted. I think the most impressive play to me was when he was trapped just over mid court, back turned to the basket, then turned and threw a perfect pass over all defenders for an easy layup (Its in this video.) I was sold on him after this weekend. Also, Trevon Bluiett is a beast of a scorer. I was EXTREMELY impressed by him. He will be a phenomenal cbb player.

  • Thalweg

    James is going to be out next Eric Gordon. We are going to get a lot of scoring from the 2 position out of him. We don’t talk about him as much but I think he will be phenomenal out of this class.

  • Diehard

    I’m sure you’re right about how good he is, but something still nags at me about him. He seems more like a Kentucky type than an IU type. Hopefully I am wrong, and he comes here and dominates.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.wojcik Eric Wojcik

    There have been a lot of questions about his maturity and behavior or attitude on the court, but dang, it’s hard not to salivate over his court vision and passing ability.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.wojcik Eric Wojcik

    There have been a lot of questions about his maturity and behavior or attitude on the court, but dang, it’s hard not to salivate over his court vision and passing ability.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    The 4 listed plus Alexander or Vonleh would be Crean’s first guaranteed top 3 class. Crazy talented. Difference is we would have upperclassmen too (maybe Yogi and Jeremy).
    Potentially:
    Yogi, James
    JaQuan
    Jeremy, Trevon
    Trey, Hanner
    Anya, Alexander

    That’s just plain dumb. That team is unfair to the rest of the country, talent and experience wise. And with how tough Crean is on the recruiting trail, it isn’t all that unlikely. Can you imagine Cody being on this team? Discussion as one of the best 5 teams in history.

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