2014 guard JaQuan Lyle trims his list to four schools

  • 06/13/2013 9:23 pm in

CHARLOTTSVILLE, Va. — On the first day of NBA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, 2014 guard JaQuan Lyle announced he has narrowed his list of schools to Indiana, Louisville, Tennessee and Florida.

Lyle had previously been considering Illinois, UCLA and Ohio State.

The Evansville Bosse senior-to-be talks about narrowing his list as well as his plans for scheduling visits in the embedded video player below:

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  • James Byers

    It may not mean much, but I like the fact that he listed IU first when he cut down his list. I still think he has L’ville as his number 1, but I would love to have this kid. If you watched the video you see that he forgets what his fourth school was for a second, which if I was Florida fan I would conclude he is definitely not considering them as strongly. Also, he said he wants to go somewhere close to home. Finally, I think momma’s boys are great for the program (ala. Christian Watford). I’ve wanted you for years Jaquan come to IU!!!

  • J

    I love this kid,.,he has the IT factor. I live in his hometown and think he would be a great fit here. I hope he choses us because he is going to be a stud!

  • Stephen Ochs™

    I think IU and Louisville are the clear favorites, especially for the fact that he couldn’t even remember what the other two schools were right away. Would be a great pickup for IU to have two top 25 guys in the 2014 class.

  • Miamihoosier

    Ferrell and Blackmon Jr are our starting back court in 2014. It seems very likely Noah Vonleh will be back to be our 4 man. Do Lyle and/or Exum want to be on the most talented team in the country as freshman? Do they want to be pre-season #1, the most talked about team, and challenge for a championship? If so, they’ll lace up for IU. Neither Louisville, Tenn, and oh yeah Florida, will be a top 5 team whether Jaquan goes there or not. Louisville loses too much after this year, Florida brings in two 5 star guys this year, but if either end up one and done, there won’t be enough left to play with the top teams and Tennessee…well let’s be serious…I’m sure Martin is a nice guy, but come on, you only get to experience post season play in college 4 times if you are lucky, why do it in the N.I.T.?

  • baukev55

    Definitely not a lock that Noah will stick around 2 years. He’s definitely lottery pick talent and that’s hard to pass up. Sick of hearing these types of assumptions.

  • Andy Rafael Aguilera

    You should check your facts. Noah has stated that he wants to stay two or three years, so these aren’t “assumptions”.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    The Louisville radio media is not even mentioning Indiana as a front runner during his recruitment. They keep saying they are the favorite among Florida, Tennesse and are also mentioning pUKe as a potential.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    It would also be an assumption to say he is leaving after a year. Just sayin’

  • N71

    Is your point the Louisville media is suspect or that Jaquan is confused as to what school he likes best?

  • ESPN only includes players who are enrolled in HS in the US.

  • N71

    I could be wrong but here’s what I’m seeing:

    + Indiana was the first to offer (I think that’s true)
    + Indiana is a 1/2 closer to Evansville than Louisville
    + Indiana has a much larger fan base than Louisville
    + James Blackman (AAU buddy) would be there with Jaquan
    + Trevon (another AAU buddy) could potentially be there as well
    + Mom’s don’t like coaches that do certain things

    + If you listen to Ohio State’s president, IU is a better school
    + Player development is becoming a hallmark for Crean
    + If you’re from Indiana wearing “Indiana” is something special…to most
    + The IU campus BLOWS AWAY the Louisville campus
    + Players getting degrees quickly is a real feather for IU
    + At IU he’d join a basketball culture versus just playing for Louisville

    Am I missing anything?

  • NervousWreck

    Got it.

  • SCHoosier

    I think so..playing time more immediate at UL..and if Trey Lyles ends up at UL (as ITH suggested recently) I think JQL is right there with him., Perfect inside-outside combo for Coach P. Not that I like that idea):

  • HoosierTrav

    He said he would stay as long as it took until he felt he was ready. You never know what going to happen when that 3-5 million dollar carrot is dangling in front of you. I’m going to enjoy and appreciate ANY amount of time i get to watch Noah in candy stripes.

  • SCHoosier

    FLA have already gotten commitments from future backcourt and is the favorite for B. Francis who is a stud. don’t see the immediate playing time there for Lyle??

  • HoosierTrav

    I’d be shocked if Trey ended up anywhere other than UK. After all, it was Coach Cal who convinced Trey to decommit from IU. I see Pitino and Louisville being in the final 2 but ultimately Trey is a scaredy Cat.

  • HoosierTrav

    I wonder how uncomfortable this interview was for Jaquan. Albers called out Lyle on twitter and Lyle fired back. Now the two are having an interview a day later. I hope Albers privately apologized for that one. It would have been the right thing to do. It looks as though this process is becoming very stressful for the kid. He’s trying to have as much fun with the process as he can, yet he gets attacked from every angle from people who think they are in the know. In all reality, they are just adults acting as immature teenagers would in high school. Gossip and baseless assumptions of a 17 yo kid. He gets criticized by people for soaking in the limelight, while they’re the ones shining that same limelight on him. If I were this kids dad?????? I would have had more than a few choice words with more than a few people. Keep your head up kid! You have a bright future and this kind of thing will never stop. Just know that what we think of you doesn’t matter. We have no clue what we are talking about.

  • Rie

    Has he indicated when he will commit?

  • marcusgresham

    The Louisville media is highly suspect and has an exceedingly narrow focus. What happens north of the Ohio River is generally only mentioned if it has direct affect to what happens south of the river (for example, IU’s baseball team was barely mentioned until those buttmonkeys realized they’ll be playing Louisville.)

  • marcusgresham

    “Am I missing anything?”
    Uh, yeah, you are. Have you seen the “female talent” strolling around both campuses? Advantage Bloomington!
    That being said, please don’t use anything Gordon Gee says to support your argument.

  • marcusgresham

    Enlighten me—I refuse to use Twitter, so what was said?

  • Michael R

    First of all, I am from Louisville originally and I can tell you from first hand experience that the Louisville Media is very biased and suspect when it comes to accurate and proper information. Bellarmine University (A small Div. 2 basketball team in Louisville) got more media press than IU basketball at times. Louisville Media had UL and Ohio State in the lead for this kid (Ohio State is not even on his list of 4). That said, I have heard all along that IU and Louisville were the front runners for this kid. Trey Lyles will be going to UK and it would be a major shock if he attends anyone else. That ends the debate of whether Jaquan Lyle and Trey Lyles will play together. If Jaquan is in fact a momma’s boy then I cannot see how his mom would let him play for Pitino. Not bashing Pitino (amazing basketball coach that cares for his players and gets them to win the right way), but he is a horrible person off the court. Being from Louisville, I heard all the dirt on Pitino. Jaquan seems like he needs someone that will turn him into a great person off the court and can develop him on the court. Both Pitino and Crean can do that for him, but I do not see how his mom could get a good feeling for Pitino. IU will have an elite roster and playing time will most definitely be limited at IU, but he will be a part of something special from the beginning. Playing time will open up in his second year and he will be relied on heavily. I know I have heard that UL is the front runner for him, but I just simply cannot see why. I think IU has the edge.

  • Hardwood83

    Kind of a Low-blow calling them ‘butt-monkeys’ don’t you think? Seriously, butt-monkeys deserve better then to be compared to anything from Louisville.

  • Janet Piepho

    Noah is at least a 2-year guy! The NBA requires USA kids to be ay least 19 by draft day, which is always at the end of June. Noah won’t be 19 until the fall of 2014, hence, he can’t be drafted in June of 2014. Therefore, Noah stays at least to 2015 (2 years). Got it?

  • calbert40

    Well, unfortunately, UL cut down some nets last year in April. I would think that carries a lot of weight with many recruits. That being said, no matter how good UL is, they will always be the little brother to UK in Kentucky.

    It would be similar to picking PU over IU…you are going to get looked over in comparison. Of course, UL is quite a bit better than PU, but you all understand what I’m trying to say!!

  • CreamandCrimson

    Wrong and this has been pointed out several times. The rule is as follows: “All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft.[10]
    To determine whether a player is eligible for a given year’s draft,
    subtract 19 from the year of the draft. If the player was born during or
    before that year, he is eligible.”

    Noah Vonleh was born August 24, 1995. 2014-1995 = 19. If he chooses to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, he will be eligible.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Louisville media is suspect, and trying to white wash Indiana out of the picture. Obviously they are doing all they can to help on the recruiting front. Louisville forgets they have a big brother 90 miles to their east and another big brother about 100 miles to their north.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    In all honesty pUke of L is growing into another pUKe type monster thinking they own everything. Their fans are starting to act just like pUKe fans. It’s getting ridiculous.

  • Gregory Spera

    Have to agree. That was a real d*ck move by Albers. Would not expect that kind of thing from someone associated with ITH. I know Alex tries hard to keep things classy.

  • calbert40

    “Jaquan Lyle is just another example of what’s wrong with recruits these days. Too many are intoxicated by attention. It’s ridiculous.”

    Followed up with…

    “I have nothing against Jaquan, just don’t agree with announcing a time to cut a list in the first place. Applies to all kids, not just him.”

    The thing is that I think Justin is probably right – some of these high level recruits seem to act like little kings. However, I don’t know if he should have called out a specific player like that. Probably not the best thing to do.

  • Michael R

    A real d*ck move indeed. We all get his point and agree with it, but some of us are not writing for ITH and representing IU basketball in a professional setting. Obviously if he likes the limelight, he will not like being called out like that. That said, we all should move on and forget about it. If Lyle were to choose another school over IU because of that then I wouldn’t be sure how recruiting is won in the first place. Coach Crean and his staff are representing IUBB the way it should be and I am sure this will not come into consideration when he makes his final choice.

  • Chitownhoosier

    I like this kid a lot and really hope he chooses IU. Immense talent and brings many intangibles to the floor. I also really think that he could develop at IU and continue to mold himself into a “next level talent”. Hope the crazy people that have been on this kid since he was a freshman, can cut him a break regardless of where he decides. Would love to have him at IU.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Ah,yes Marcus. Such fond memories of Dunn Meadow in the spring. Warms the cockles of my heart. Skipped more than one class to go sight-seeing in the Meadow.


    C & C, thanks for going to the, ” ok, one more time people, this is how it is ” file cabinet, dragging out the info, & throwing it on the overhead projector, so to speak. Now the hard part, can they read ?

  • Hoosier10

    The Evansville media market covers a lot of colleges (IU, Purdue, Evansville mostly) but I think that IU is the second most covered behind UE. The only time that they really covered U of L heavily was when Kuric was there.

  • marcusgresham

    I agree with what Hoosier10 says. I worked at WTVW back in the 90s for about 5 years (and WAVE3 in Louisville after that for 3 more,) and I’d say it’s UE, IU, UK, Illinois, in that order (of course, USI is up there, too, but that’s D-II,) with some WKU, Murray, UofL, and a bit of Purdue sprinkled in. Then, adding to what he said about when Kuric was at Louisville, they’ll cover anyone who has an Evansville native—for god sakes they carried the New York station that broadcast the Yankees on Evansville cable when Don Mattingly was playing.

  • marcusgresham

    In fairness to Albers, if he’s considering himself a journalist and has aspirations of moving forward as one, it’s his job to report the whole story, not just be a homer.

  • marcusgresham

    Any kid who has sense is going to say that though, because 1.) it looks arrogant to proclaim yourself one-and-done, and 2.) if you don’t have the freshman season you hoped to have you don’t have to eat crow when you feel the need to come back because your draft stock isn’t as high as you thought it would be.
    I’m not saying this as a negative against Noah and I hope for IU’s sake he is here 2 or 3 years, but it’s much easier to come back with “well, I intended to stay later but after speaking with my family and my coach I think I’m ready for the NBA.”

  • marcusgresham

    Let me add this to my statement, though—I miss Alex’s father, Rick Bozich, being on the radio. While he had a local show he was far more balanced. He’s now on TV, too, but I don’t watch his channel because their news is on at 10 when I’m watching other stuff.

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  • baukev55

    I’m not making any assumptions. Just going with the flow year to year. Happy with what we got. If he stays 2 years, then great, but I’m not going to be talking about the team years from now. When we get this good, year to year can be pretty unpredictable. How many people thought Remy and Vic would be gone already?

  • Gregory Spera

    No. You don’t dump on a kid for being “intoxicated by attention” and then ask him for a freaking interview. That’s just lame.

  • Gregory Spera

    As fans of the program, I feel we ALL represent Indiana Basketball in some small way, when we proudly make our rooting interests known to the world at large. We often criticize fans of other schools for showing less class than we would expect from each other. And it’s your own fault, that what you have created here has become successful enough that when people see ITH they think “Indiana Basketball.”

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    No joke and I agree that carries a ton of weight. Despite that fact though they still have not accomplished as much as Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, etc etc. That was really where I was going with that.

    What irritates me is that the Louisville media players will sell the fact of how many tv’s and radios there are across the river they serve when pitching ad sales, but on the flip side it is blatantly obvious that they exclude coverage of IU on certain things to further U of L. I see and hear it everyday, and it burns me up.

  • Mike

    Blackmon, Hill, Lyle, and Okonoboh would be an incredible recruiting class… 2 years in a row top 5 classes… That’s the new iubb