Lyle describes interest in IU as “real high”

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – JaQuan Lyle was a late addition to the USA East squad at last weekend’s Nike Global Challenge, but his teammates appeared happy with the roster change.

The 6-foot-4 guard, despite averaging only 6 points and 1.5 assists, was solid throughout the tournament.

His size allowed him to pass with ease over smaller defenders and consistently get to the hoop.

“Everybody’s been good to play with,” Lyle said after his team’s initial game, a blowout victory against China. “Everybody shares the ball. Troy (Williams) had a good night tonight, so everybody looked for him a lot. He made a lot of big shots. Get the ball to the hot hand.”

The Evansville, Ind. native, ESPN.com’s No. 8 overall player in the class of 2014, told Inside the Hall he speaks most often with coaching staffs from Ohio State, Michigan State and Louisville.

Indiana, however, is still very much on his radar.

“My interest level is real high on them,” Lyle said. “Home state school, good coaching. They are really turning the program around.

“I talk to Coach Crean every now and then. He texts me, asking how it’s it going. That’s cool.”

Lyle added that he most recently spoke with Crean last Wednesday when he returned from the LeBron James Skills Academy.

He said he hopes to take a trip to Bloomington “sometime after the evaluation period with James (Blackmon Jr.) and Trey (Lyles).”

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  • johnnyhoosier

    i dont know if prefer d’angelo russell more. this is a tough call. seems like everyone likes playing with jaquan- they must like him, he passes a lot, he’s one of the best players in the country. i guess its hard not to want him on our team, but did i hear things about his attitude or is that wrong? i would want him and russell. i think russell is gonna end up being an all-american- call me crazy. its hard to ignore russell and his recent growth and to think he wouldn’t keep getting better. not to say jaquan wont get better.

  • johnnyhoosier

    i dont know if prefer d’angelo russell more. this is a tough call. seems like everyone likes playing with jaquan- they must like him, he passes a lot, he’s one of the best players in the country. i guess its hard not to want him on our team, but did i hear things about his attitude or is that wrong? i would want him and russell. i think russell is gonna end up being an all-american- call me crazy. its hard to ignore russell and his recent growth and to think he wouldn’t keep getting better. not to say jaquan wont get better.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    as a high school student in Evansville, mumblings are that he couldn’t get into Oak Hill Academy, presumably because of grades, and he was suspended from basketball games because of the volume of detentions he was issued. Of course, I can’t really substantiate this, just telling you what I’ve heard.
    That being said, he knows how to carry himself as a D1 athlete, which is half the battle for guys with supposed attitude problems. Personal opinion, he wouldn’t cause us any trouble at IU.

  • York538

    HYRON!!!!

  • SCHoosier

    Given the programs recruiting him, I find it hard to believe that Lyle is a “personality” problem. Of course some teenagers mature later than others which may explain some of the knocks. Lyle seems to think “pass first” and team leadership… U can’t be a bad egg and be respected in that role. I think a full court press by Crean gets this guy..but fact is there are some other outstanding prospects out there in Lyle’s class. He also seems to want to look around and “feel the love” from other schools. So be it. He’s tight with Blackman and Trey L. which could be a diffence maker.

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