Lyle keeps improving

Combo guard JaQuan Lyle has all the ability in the the world, and now he is stepping up his play with Spiece Indy Heat.

Already on the verge of five-star status before the spring, Evansville (Ind.) Bosse standout Jaquan Lyle has stepped up his game so far with Spiece Indy Heat. The 6-foot-4 combo guard has dominated games at times, and now more colleges are taking notice.

Spiece Indy Heat is one of the most talented teams on the Nike EYBL Circuit. Along with Lyle, Trey Lyles, Bryson Scott, and Trevon Bluiett help to make up a very formidable squad.

"It is a blessing to be in the situation that I am," said Lyle of his team. "I get to play with against a lot of great players so it is a great thing."

During the spring evaluation period, coaches from all over the country came to watch Lyle play. For Lyle that opportunity was something he cherishes.

"It was a good thing," said Lyle of the exposure. "I stepped out on the court and did my thing. Being a point guard and getting my teammates involved is what was needed and that is what I tried to do."

Now Lyle holds offers from the likes of Ohio State, Louisville, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Illinois, Xavier, Memphis, Marquette, and others. Also schools like Kentucky are really picking things up in his recruitment.

While Kentucky hasn't yet offered, the Wildcats are expressing more interest in Lyle, and he likes what he is hearing.

"It is a good thing," said Lyle of Kentucky's interest. "Coach (John) Calipari is a good coach and he develops pros which is what I want to be. I know Kentucky is a great school and would be a great opportunity."

One school that really has been active during the year recruiting him is Ohio State. The Buckeyes offered him during an unofficial visit, and made sure to be a presence at his games this spring.

"Ohio State is a great school and Coach (Thad) Matta is a great coach," said Lyle. "They are telling me I can come in and be a combo. They like to get out and run and they play pick and roll with a lot of freedom, and that is the type of offense that I want to be in."

Also the Louisville Cardinals have had Lyle on several unofficial visits. Located near his hometown of Evansville, the Cardinals have definitely made a good impression.

"The Yum Center, man that is a great place to play," said Lyle. "Coach (Rick) Pitino and the whole staff are good, and Coach (Kevin) Keatts is a good dude. That is a great school and would be a great place to play."

Then there is the case of the Illinois Fighting Illini. Lyle was one of the primary targets for Bruce Weber and his staff. Now new Head Coach John Groce is picking up where the other staff left off.

"I talked to them before the Minneapolis event, and they came to watch me both weekends," said Lyle of Illinois. "I then talked to them after the EYBL and that the offer still stands. I know they like me, but I want to go take a visit and get to meet those guys."

For now Lyle is content to explore all of his options. He is gaining as much info as he can, and seeing which schools match what he will be looking for.

"I just want to get out and run and create plays, any school that allows their guards to do that is a place where I would like to go," Lyle noted. "It is what I like to do."

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