Lyle describes interest in IU as “real high”

  • 07/17/2012 10:01 am in

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).”

Related:

· HD Video: Jaquan Lyle talks IU, recruiting at NBPA Top 100 Camp
· 2012 Run-N-Slam: Jaquan Lyle video, Q & A

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  • Jethro Troll

    The Class of 2014 is going to be a monster.

  • stroot

    Not sure if relieved or disappointed he got rid of the high top fade…

  • HoosierTrav

    I want this kid so bad. I noticed he has became closer friends with BeeJay Anya and Stan Robinson. I just have this feeling all three will be wearing candy stripes.

  • HoosierTrav

    I want this kid so bad. I noticed he has became closer friends with BeeJay Anya and Stan Robinson. I just have this feeling all three will be wearing candy stripes.

  • Lyle and Lyles….works for me

  • IUFAN_JZ

    I wonder why the coaching staff is not showing Lyle more interest like other schools are? Maybe it’s just a different recruiting approach; “If you want to be part of the program great, if not, there are other players that will gladly wear the cream and crimson”. I don’t know, I just hope we get him. It would be awesome to see Lyle, Lyles, and Blackmon together!

  • Guest

    I think CTC is playing this one right. This kid seems to really enjoy the attention he receives from schools (who can blame him??) and to me it just seems like CTC is taking a more Calipari approach to this one. If you dont give the kid all your attention but still enough to keep him around and let him know hes wanted, hes more likely to want all your attention. Plus having trey and james provides crean a little cushion as well

  • Matt S

    Maybe Crean’s just taking a hands off approach here. It’s hardly a stretch to think that Trey and James are the best weapons in Crean’s arsenal. Let’s hope all three have a great time on their trip to Bloomington.

  • York538

    I feel like JaQuan is ours to lose. I think he really likes IU, its just a matter of whether or not CTC wants him at IU. I don’t see why we wouldn’t want him. The kid is a top notch player.

  • NaplesHoosier

    yeah, i have noticed on twitter he has been tweeting and re-tweeting from Stan Robinson and also Theo Pinson…

  • iuball11

    Haha I agree, but I definitely barely recognize him in-games without it.

  • iuball11

    Haha I agree, but I definitely barely recognize him in-games without it.

  • Unless you can substantiate that comment, it doesn’t belong here.

  • N71

    Where do you go with the 2014 class, I’ve never seen so many really good options in a single year. We already have 2 of the 4 best in-state players in Trey and James.

    Guards
    James Blackman (verbal)
    Jaquan Lyle
    Phil Booth

    Wings
    Trevon Blueitt
    Theo Pinson

    Bigs
    Trey Lyles (verbal)
    Cliff Alexander
    Noah Vonieh

    I can’t imaging adding any one of these other guys, boy, they would be ready to roll when blended with the upperclassmen. I’d be happy with just Trey and James…man…what a potential class this is. Not sure where Shane Hall’s leanings are. Wow this is going to be fun.

  • Reggie Hoosier

    We need him! He is the guy to replace yogi. I think his friends James B. and Trey L. are the key to us getting him.

  • iufan4life10

    I think if we land Anya for 2013 we have to look for a wing and PG for 2014.

    Landing Anya scenario and Zeller leaving before 2014.
    Bigs: Jurkin, Perea (juniors) Fischer, Anya (sophomores)
    Wings: Etherington (senior) Hollowell (junior) Davis, Hartman (sophomores)
    Guards: Abell (senior) Yogi, Patterson (juniors) Robinson (sophomore)

    The way that coach Crean is recruiting versatile players it seems that in a smaller lineup Davis could play the 4 or Etherington/Hartman could play the Roth like SG role.

    I would like to see IU get Lyle or Russell and Blueitt or Pinson to finish the 2014 class. The 2014 class just seems like it is going to be huge and loaded with a lot of talent.

  • marcusgresham

    Is that why I’d previously seen him listed at 6’5″ but now he’s 6’4″?

  • stroot

    That theory actually makes more sense than anything else I’ve read in the past week.

  • The Flower Pot

    I’ve stalked this recruitment a lot and I would suggest to all that if the goal is to compete, year to year with the big boys, not the boys, but the bigs UK, UNC, KU, CUSE, OSU and MSU, then work this young man intensely and get him. If CTC is worthy of his current press clippings, then JL will not be a distraction. Were CTC like his predecessor and recuited all problem children this entire dynamic would be different. #8 nationally from IN, then anything less than a serial killer is workable.

  • The Flower Pot

    I’ve stalked this recruitment a lot and I would suggest to all that if the goal is to compete, year to year with the big boys, not the boys, but the bigs UK, UNC, KU, CUSE, OSU and MSU, then work this young man intensely and get him. If CTC is worthy of his current press clippings, then JL will not be a distraction. Were CTC like his predecessor and recuited all problem children this entire dynamic would be different. #8 nationally from IN, then anything less than a serial killer is workable.

  • b_side

    Not the end of the world if Lyle goes elsewhere, though I love his game too.

    Remember though, Yogi will be here for 3-4 years. Stanford will be able to play some point too until (cross your fingers) Hyron Edwards and/or Jalen Coleman arrive in 2015.

  • Great points. I myself am a big fan of Blueitt. Sorry, nothing against Lyle, but I think Blueitt will fit better.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    That’s what I was thinking. It’s almost hard to get. In fact, this is the highest I’ve heard JaQuan speak of IU in a while, so maybe it’s working. Obviously JaQuan knows he’s wanted, so there’s no reason to bombard him with texts and calls.

    (wishful thinking) maybe he’s taking that unofficial with Trey and James because he wants them there when he commits?

  • 888

    Always have felt like Jauan will play at IU. Why wouldnt he? His AAU teamates are going there and he is a IU fan. Just watch him when CWATS shot went in. Thats how a fan reacts. Not a recruit who has no idea who he likes. Hes ours to loose and I love his game. Hes probably the best passer in America. Daich said thats the best skill to look for because its so rare to find. I hope we get him and Vonleh to round out 14 with a wish for Alexander. Top that class UK.

  • cdog

    Not everyone in the above scenario (12 players) can be here if we add a three person class (two altready committed). Two of the above will either transfer or go to the NBA before the 2014 class arrives. One may be gone before the 2012 class arrives. I am not even sure Crean knows for sure who won’t be on scholarship in the Fall. We may not know until the first day of practice.

  • cdog

    Not everyone in the above scenario (12 players) can be here if we add a three person class (two altready committed). Two of the above will either transfer or go to the NBA before the 2014 class arrives. One may be gone before the 2012 class arrives. I am not even sure Crean knows for sure who won’t be on scholarship in the Fall. We may not know until the first day of practice.

  • 415hoosier

    Thank you Alex. I have no idea what the commenter wrote, but you do a great job moderating these conversations.

  • HoosierTrav

    Lets hope so.

  • HoosierTrav

    Lets hope so.

  • iufan4life10

    Blueitt seems to get little national hype but the kid can flat out get buckets. I see him kind of like Ray Allen. You watch him and he is shooting it well and then you look at the stat sheet and he has 30 points.

    I also like the idea of having a lineup on the court something like Robinson (main ball handler), Etherington (shooter), Hollowell (solid at everything), Davis (can bang down low), and a big. That would be a really balanced lineup and can switch almost everywhere on defense.

  • iufan4life10

    The 2012 class as a few players who might have the option to leave early. I don’t know if they will or not but they should have the option. Also, coach Crean seems to be committed to use the oversign every year and I don’t see him stopping that in 2014.

  • 323SGrant

    I saw J. Lyle play against Washington with Zeller at Bosse a couple of years ago. Fun game.

  • Kelin Blab

    CLyde I am with you on Blueitt, more than any other 2014 guy or as much as Theo Pinson. I like Jaquan, but I have not drooled over him as I do with Trevon.

  • Kelin Blab

    Jaquan’s recruitment has been hot and cold in the eyes of those on the outside looking in. It is still VERY early, I think IU is in a situation to look nationally and within the state. Ultimately it will be a situation where IU gives a kid a timeline and then they move on. Not saying we are there with any kid yet, but with the recent success of the team we are heading in a ‘I don’t wait on you’ direction.

    I also don’t discount the Cody impact on recruiting that Trey Lyles will have on other big time players coming to IU.

    I think we are 40/60 on Jaquan coming to IU, just a gut feeling. My 2014 priorities would be Pinson, Bluiett, Lyle, and Vonleh.

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  • NaplesHoosier

    Troll…get rid of him….

  • NaplesHoosier

    Troll…get rid of him….

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  • Hoosier Dan

    Wonder where Kuran Iverson fits in to all this? He reportedly has IU in his final 5 and wants CTC to call him to discuss the school and opportunities. This kid could be the real deal but with him residing in Connecticut seems like UConn would have the inside track. Anybody know if he has any current ties to IU?

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  • I use this site to get away from UK fans. what a yoyo, typical

  • CreanFaithful

    Let’s hope that Crean never takes a Calapari approach…

  • dtfreed

    With James signed where do some of the glut of guards in 14 fit in? If your building another ’12 class, a taller wing, and a center might be what they are in need of.

  • CreanFaithful

    The program’s future success hardly resides in this recruit. Jaquan is a very solid player, but the implication that Crean needs to get this kid to be “worthy of his press clippings” is ludicrous. I for one don’t see any logic in letting a “problem child” (not my opinion of Jaquan, just using your thoughts) into the program. IU has a perfect dynamic of hardworking players that both support and push one another on a daily basis… yeah, let’s let a few slide in and mess up a good thing. Glad CTC is calling the shots!

  • CreanFaithful

    The program’s future success hardly resides in this recruit. Jaquan is a very solid player, but the implication that Crean needs to get this kid to be “worthy of his press clippings” is ludicrous. I for one don’t see any logic in letting a “problem child” (not my opinion of Jaquan, just using your thoughts) into the program. IU has a perfect dynamic of hardworking players that both support and push one another on a daily basis… yeah, let’s let a few slide in and mess up a good thing. Glad CTC is calling the shots!

  • Candypants

    Good question, but the future of UConn seems a little uncertain from my vantage point. We may be able to land this kid, and he looks like a real big fish. Fortunately there are several options. Not sure about any current ties, but with all the press we are getting it seems we are on the proverbial tip of the tongue with many recruits. Thank you Watford!!!!

    Now back to the topic at hand. Lyle, is a talent and his court vision seems incredible (Think Kendall Marshall). If there are any of the rumored off the court issues, then it is possible there may be some risk with taking him in. I do not possess any first hand knowledge of this, but have heard many rumblings. My take is that this is a sixteen year old young man,and that is often a precarious place to be when in the limelight. I hope we give due diligence with Lyle, and hope to see him mature and grow in the upcoming seasons. Remember there are many seemingly great role models in Bloomington these days, and maybe that is all it would take to make this work for all parties.

    Thank you ITH for all that you do.

  • HoosierDadE

    I actually removed him from my 2014 big board because of it…
    He was replaced by the guy from Kid N Play

  • Wright Harney

    Besides Lyles, Lyle is my favorite 2014 prospect that IU has been tied to. His court vision is just unreal. He is easily my favorite point guard prospect we are looking at.