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2014 guard Jaquan Lyle is considered one of the top freshmen both in Indiana and nationally after helping lead Evansville Bosse to a Class 3A sectional title. He averaged 15.6 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game for coach Shane Burkhardt.
The 6-4, 187-pound Lyle has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Xavier and interest from numerous high-major schools. Inside the Hall was in Merrillville over the weekend for the 2011 Eric Gordon All-Star Classic and here’s new video of the talented freshman:
2012 Hamilton Southeastern guard and IU recruiting target Gary Harris was a guest on “Ahead of the Curve” on Saturday morning on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis.
Hosts Chris Hagan and Kent Sterling talked to the five-star junior about a variety of topics and we’ve transcribed some of the more interesting things Harris had to say below. The full interview can be heard at this link.
On the hype surrounding him and if it gets to be too much:
“I don’t think it’s too much. It just comes with it. I wanted to be a good basketball player so I worked hard at it. It’s just what I have to deal with. I enjoy it because I’m only going to go through it once. I’m just having fun with it, I’m not trying to let it get to me.”
On what he’s trying to improve upon the most:
“I would say my consistency shooting the ball, but that’s not just the main thing. I’m trying to work on all parts of my game because there’s no one part that’s good and can’t get any better. I’m just trying to make my total game better and work on all aspects of my game.”
On whether the recruiting process is weighing on his mind every day:
“You just have to manage it. I think my parents take a lot more calls than I do. They try to shield a lot of that stuff away from me so I don’t have to think about it so much and so I can just be a normal kid at times. Every day I’m thinking about it because sooner or later I’m going to have to make the decision and it’s going to be one of the biggest decisions of my life since it’s my college. It’s not just going to affect my four years while I’m there, but it’s going to affect the four years after I’m done so I just have to think about it and decide what school’s going to be best for me.”
On what he’s learned from playing football that he can apply to basketball:
“I would just say taking hits. In basketball, I get bumped going to the rim, taking hard falls. I’m used to it. I’m used to the physical contact because I play football. It’s nothing that I haven’t seen since football is a lot more of a contact sport than basketball.”
On a timeline for a decision:
“That’s a good question, I wish I knew that. I could wait until next year end of basketball season if I wanted to. I’m just worried about getting better right now. I feel like I find the right school, feel like I’m comfortable enough to commit to a school then I’ll do that.”
As the dust begins to settle on Remy Abell’s commitment to Indiana, there’s been no shortage of questions in the comments about the role that Abell will fill upon his arrival in Bloomington. Is he a point guard? More of a combo? Or will he see time on the wing?
In an effort to paint a clearer picture on the 6-4, 180-pound senior from Louisville, here’s a comprehensive aggregation of scouting notes on Indiana’s newest recruit:
AAU coach Jeff Davis:
“Indiana is not just getting one player, they are getting a guy that can play three different positions for them and can guard three different position. He’s only going to get better with his attitude and what kind of competitor he is. It’s a great situation for Indiana and for him.”
High school coach Jason Couch:
“The kid knows how to win. He’s a great teammate and he makes everyone around him better.”
ESPN.com’s player evaluation:
Abell is a scoring combo guard that can knock down threes and play the point in a pinch. He is a must find for the defense in transition and in the half court set because he can change the scoreboard in a hurry.
Scout.com’s Evan Daniels from last year’s adidas May Classic:
Playing a combo role for Jeff Davis’ squad, Abell, a 6-foot-4 combo guard left his imprint on the game, especially in the second half. With the game getting close, Abell began relentlessly attacking the rim and scored on nearly a half dozen straight trips during a run in the second frame. Although he didn’t do much by way of jump shooting, Abell has a strong handle, good vision and is a quality defender.
Indiana’s 2012 recruiting class got a boost of elite athleticism when La Porte La Lumiere forward Hanner Perea made a verbal pledge to the Hoosiers in October of 2010.
Watch a new collection of highlights of the 6-8 Colombian forward, the first five-star commitment for Tom Crean at Indiana, from the Denver Double Pump in the embedded media below. Thanks to ITH reader Stephen for providing the film of all four Indiana Elite games:
On Wednesday afternoon, Indiana picked up a third player for its 2011 recruiting class — Louisville Eastern guard Remy Abell.
The 6-4, 180-pound Abell was selected for the Kentucky All-Star team and was named first team All-State by The Courier-Journal. He averaged 16 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals and had 25 blocked shots during his senior season at Eastern.
Inside the Hall caught up with the newest Hoosier shortly after his commitment for a Q & A:
On when he knew Indiana was the place for him
“It kind of helped me after I made the visit on Monday. I was thinking about it a lot and it’s a great school, great program, great history and I’m real excited to be a Hoosier.”
On the Monday visit to Bloomington
“I just met some of the players, hung with the coaches. And Coach Crean, he’s the head coach and he’s a future hall of fame coach. I know he’s going to push me, but I know he can make me a better player in the long run. The rest of the coaching staff was just great and just seeing the facilities, visiting around the campus, it was great.”
On the tradition of the Indiana program
“I know they’re a winning program. They’re like third or fourth at winning the most championships. They’re one of the elite programs in Division I college basketball. It’s a big honor to be a Hoosier and I just can’t wait to get started.”
On the recruiting process and switching schools after a coaching change at Bradley
“Trying to get the release with Bradley was kind of overwhelming, but I’ve been patient. I feel like everything happens for a reason. Going to Indiana will be an even better fit for me so I’m real excited.”
On playing against Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller in the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game and building a relationship with those future teammates
“Maybe I can go up to IU and visit and meet them up there. But I can’t wait to play against them and definitely try to build a relationship.”
On his game and what he will bring to Indiana
“I’m just a hard worker, I’m a team player. I always look for my teammates. I can score in transition. I like to get to the rim, get to the basket. I can pull up J. I’m just a team player and like to have fun.”
(Photo credit: Jody Demling)
Our friend Jody Demling with the scoop. Remy Abell is the newest member of Indiana’s 2011 recruiting class:
Eastern High School senior standout Remy Abell has made his college decision.
The 6-foot-4 Abell, who was recently released from Bradley University, has given a verbal commitment to Indiana University coach Tom Crean.
Abell picked the Hoosiers over Xavier, Western Kentucky, Butler and Penn State.
Indiana’s 2011 recruiting class now includes Austin Etherington, Cody Zeller and Abell.
We’ll have more on this later.