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).”
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