Evansville Bosse sophomore Jaquan Lyle closed the July evaluation period last month running with Spiece at the Gym Rats Basketball Association National Championship in Ft. Wayne. Lyle played with a Spiece 15-and-under team on Friday and jumped up to the 17-and-under division for Saturday and Sunday. The 6-foot-4, 187-pound guard is the No. 11 prospect nationally in the 2014 class according to ESPN.com.
Inside the Hall was in attendance at the GRBA National Championships and we’ve compiled over two minutes of Lyle video which is available in the embedded media player below. (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player.)
Derek Elston met with the media on Thursday afternoon and revealed a few interesting nuggets as the school year and season approaches. You can listen to the full audio (courtesy of Dustin Dopirak of the Bloomington Herald-Times) below.
A few items of note:
+ Elston said he had surgery in May on a sports hernia, one that hampered him during last season, along with knee issues that bothered him as well.
“I played last season and I know I did terrible and I know probably the fans thought I did terrible, which I don’t blame them,” he said. “The fact is I tried to get through it … I just had a hernia the entire time and I tried to get through it the best I could.”
Elston also added he’s nearing 100 percent, and that he feels “absolutely fantastic.”
+ The junior from Tipton also revealed fellow junior Jordan Hulls has emerged as the vocal leader of the squad and that with a group of veterans, things are more player-driven than at any point in his IU career.
“Jordy’s got us on the line every day at 3:30 when we we’re supposed to be on there [for pre-workout running and stretching],” Elston said. ” … Jordy will take you off to the side and kind of tell you and explain to you what you’re doing wrong and what you need to do to improve upon it. I haven’t seen that yet since. He is a lot more vocal. He’s one of those guys that starts screaming now. Conditioning days, if you’re not making it, Jordy’s the first one to tell you. And whether you like the way he’s saying it or not, he’s going to say it. If that doesn’t motivate you, then he’ll get you off the floor. He’s had to kick a couple guys out of the conditioning.”
+ Elston said he’s working on guarding the 3, 4 and 5 positions for this coming season as well as adding strength and muscle to his lower body.
According to Dave Telep of ESPN.com, 2012 Brewster Academy big man Mitch McGary has narrowed his list of schools down to six. And neither Indiana or Purdue made the cut:
Making the cut, in no specific order are Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, Michigan, Duke and Kentucky.
In-state schools Indiana and Purdue are not being considered and McGary feels good about his list, though he left the door cracked.
“Maybe if another school stays in contact, but I kind of wanted to narrow it down to these six,” said the No. 4 overall player in the 2012 class. “I’ve got strong feelings about these six schools.”
Indiana’s involvement with McGary, which was strong last winter, cooled off in recent months. Here’s what the five-star big man told Inside the Hall last December about his interest in the Hoosiers:
“Coach Crean thinks I can be an NBA player. He wants me right now. He says I’d fit great there. I think so, too. I like Coach Crean, I like the whole coaching staff at IU and I like some of the recruits they’ve got now. I think I’d fit in well with them.”
Indiana currently has five verbal commitments in its 2012 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 1 nationally by ESPN.com.
Jason Delaney is entering his first season as head coach at Indianapolis Arensal Tech where he’ll lead a talented group of returning players led by Trey Lyles. Delaney coached last season at Indianapolis Washington, which opened and closed its season with losses to Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell and Park Tudor.
With that unique perspective, Delaney is well-versed in the development and progress of both Indiana commitments and he spoke to Inside the Hall on Tuesday morning about the play of each at adidas Nations:
On Yogi Ferrell at adidas Nations:
“Yogi is a fantastic point guard. You see the improvement over the last couple of years. I coached against him twice last year and just from the sectional championship game, he’s improved even more with his ability to score, especially the pull-up jumper. But he makes the guys around him so much better and that’s what you need from your point guard. You need a leader and you need someone who makes the other players on the floor better. And I think Yogi’s definitely doing that. He’s such a strong guard, too. That makes him tough to guard because he can take contact when he gets into the lane.”
On Trey Lyles at adidas Nations:
“As a fan and his coach, it’s like being his big brother. I’m not going to say father because I’m not that old. I’m so proud of him for playing on that stage. When he got in (last night), I thought he did a great job. 12 points and six rebounds. He’s playing up against older kids and he showed that he belonged. I just hope that all transforms back at the high school level where he can make his teammates around him better like Yogi and use the experiences that he’s been blessed to do and really utilize those on the high school level.”
Adidas’ final grassroots event of the summer, adidas Nations, wrapped up Monday evening at Cal State Dominguez in Carson, California in front of a national television audience on the CBS Sports Network. For Indiana fans, the broadcast was a chance to check out three of the Hoosiers’ verbal commitments — Jeremy Hollowell, Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell and Trey Lyles — for a final time until next winter.
Here are our thoughts on the individual performances of Ferrell, Lyles and Hollowell:
— Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell: Unofficial stats had the Park Tudor point guard with assist totals ranging from 14 to 19 in the USA Red 2012’s 130-108 win over USA Blue 2013 in the third place game. For most of the night, Ferrell took on the role of pure point guard by setting up teammates like Gabe York and Kaleb Tarczewski for open looks. In a sequence the announcing crew called the “pass of the week,” Ferrell darted through the lane and fired off a left-handed behind the back pass to Tarczewski for a layup. When he wasn’t setting up teammates, the future Hoosier was knocking down jump shots from the perimeter. If there was any doubt that Ferrell should be in the conversation for the country’s top floor general in the 2012 class, it was erased with his play on Monday evening.
— Trey Lyles: While the Indianapolis Tech sophomore spends a lot of time operating in the paint during the AAU and high school season, he spent a majority of the night on Monday connecting from midrange. Lyles, who is just 15 and was one of the youngest players in the event, didn’t venture much into the paint in his team’s 130-108 loss. With the strength advantage that guys like Tarczewski and Dajuan Coleman held over him, that was probably a heady decision. It’s clear that Lyles has worked on his perimeter game all the way out to the 3-point line and when given the slightest opening, he’ll connect. Unofficial totals had the five-star forward with 14 points and six rebounds.
— Jeremy Hollowell: A late addition to the event, the Lawrence Central senior didn’t begin play until the Saturday session for the USA Blue 2012 team. Starting with a 3-pointer from NBA range, the future IU wing scored eight of his 11 points in 90-second stretch of the third quarter to help bring his team within one at 76-75. USA Blue 2012 went on to win the adidas Nations championship 114-107 over USA Red 2013. While Hollowell has been knocked in the past for drifting out of the flow of the game in stretches, he rose to the occasion for most of the summer against elite competition. That should bode well for future success in the Big Ten.