The Essentials: 6-4, 185-lb guard/wing for Evansville Bosse and Eric Gordon All-Stars
The Schools: Illinois (offer), Indiana (offer), Purdue, Texas, Virginia Tech, Xavier (offer)
The Numbers: 18.1 ppg for Bosse, which is currently 13-6.
The Quote: “Bouta do my thing against a probable future teammate (Cody Zeller)” – Jaquan Lyle on Twitterbefore Bosse loss to Washington in December.
The Ranking: ESPN.com lists Lyle on the ESPNU 100 Watch List for 2014.
The Coach Says: “The kid’s a talent, but right now we’re just worried more on him growing up and him being a good basketball player and maturing. If that continues, we’re going to be OK.” – Bosse head coach Shane Burkhardt to Inside the Hall on Lyle.
ITH Scouting Notes: Skilled playmaker that can excel at the point or on the wing. Excellent passer, especially in transition. Streaky shooter, but possesses the ability to go on a scoring barrage from the perimeter. Solid ball handler and defender. Very good at attacking off the dribble, but isn’t yet explosive at blowing past defenders. High basketball IQ for a freshman with a knack for making big plays.
Washington’s Cody Zeller meets with the media following the Hatchets’ 65-62 overtime win over Gary Lew Wallace in the 2010 Class 3A state championship game. Photo by Inside the Hall.
Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how 2011 signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller, IU’s eight verbal commitments and other notable prospects with interest in the Hoosiers, are performing at their respective schools.
+ Austin Etherington (Hamilton Heights): Hamilton Heights fell to Maconaquah, 73-66, on Feb. 4. No official stats were reported, but did receive a report that Etherington shot just 3-of-15 from the field. (Update: Finished with 15 points according to commenter LDIU.) Game against Westfield on Feb. 5 was postponed due to weather.
+ Cody Zeller (Washington): Thirty-two points (13-of-16 from the field) and 14 rebounds as the Class 3A No. 1 Hatchets beat No. 2 Princeton, 78-61, on Feb. 5. The win was the seventh straight for Washington. Twenty-five points in a 74-47 win over Vincennes Lincoln on Feb. 5.
A small group of reporters huddled outside the Evansville Bosse locker room following the Bulldogs’ 79-71 loss to Washington on Friday.
We were there to try and speak with Bosse’s heralded freshman Jaquan Lyle, who picked up a scholarship offer from Indiana and is drawing attention from a bevy of high major schools.
But as our conversation with Bosse coach Shane Burkhart drew to a conclusion and a reporter from the Illinois’ Rivals site asked about his star freshman’s media availability, it became clear that a conversation with Lyle was off limits.
“Nope, not gonna happen. Sorry. He’s 14, man,” Burkhart said.
Credit Burkhart for not further feeding the growing hype surrounding Lyle.
“He’s 14 years old,” the Bosse coach explained. “And we’ve got so many things we’ve got to do to keep his head above water. We’re not really concentrating so much on the basketball stuff, we’re concentrating on trying to keep people away. We’re trying to get him to a point where he is what he is to grow up.”
The natural talent Lyle possesses is clear from the moment he steps on the floor. Friday was Lyle’s lowest point total (16) in four games and the 6-4 wing struggled until late, when he hit three consecutive 3-pointers with Cody Zeller on the bench.
“As a freshman in four games, I don’t know if you can ask much more than that,” Burkhart said. “He’s meeting the call. He just struggles a little bit at the point of still learning the basics of some of the game.”
The strength of Lyle’s game is his versatility. He’s not yet explosive off the dribble, but he excels on the perimeter as a shooter and a facilitator for his teammates.
EVANSVILLE — Did Evansville Bosse freshman Jaquan Lyle tip off future plans for a commitment to Indiana via Twitter?
That’s what a reporter asked Bosse coach Shane Burkhart following his team’s 79-71 loss to Washington on Friday night. The tweet, shown below, suggests the 14-year old Lyle could be favoring the Hoosiers at the early stages of his recruitment:
Lyle, who finished with 16 points and is not yet speaking to the media, already has scholarship offers from Indiana and Xavier.
Here was Burkhart’s response after he was asked about Lyle’s tweet: “I don’t know. I don’t. Jaquan is a practical joker. He loves to joke.”
Indiana already has two commitments for its 2014 recruiting class — Ft. Wayne Luers guard James Blackmon Jr. and Indianapolis Tech forward Trey Lyles.
Tom Crean is continuing his push to add to Indiana’s already stellar 2014 class and on Tuesday night, the third-year IU coach made an appearance at Evansville Memorial to watch Bosse freshman Jaquan Lyle.