Louisville snags five-star

It was a real good day for Rick Pitino as one of his top targets picked the Cardinals.

The Louisville Cardinals are coming off of a national title, and it is definitely paying significant dividends on the recruiting trail. On Wednesday Coach Rick Pitino and his staff got great news when five-star point guard Jaquan Lyle picked the Cardinals.

Ever since his first game of his freshman year, Lyle has been a major target for college coaches. The 6-foot-4 point guard has elite floor vision, is a good scorer, and he continues to develop his all-around game including posting up and rebounding. Now he knows his future will be in the ACC at Louisville.

"Coach Pitino and Coach (Kevin) Keatts are great coaches," said Lyle. "Every school fit me well, but I believe they fit me the best. I feel I will be best on and off the court there."

One thing that is interesting is that Louisville now has two dynamic point guards in Lyle and four-star Quentin Snider. Lyle says the two are friends and he thinks they will fit in well in the backcourt.

"It is something like the Russ (Smith) and Peyton (Siva) thing," said Lyle. "Whoever gets the outlet pass will go with it. It won't be like I bring it up or he does. Whoever gets it goes. Also I know I can play both guard spots since I am bigger, so it should be good."

For Lyle the process hasn't been an easy one. He considered offers from Indiana, Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, Ohio State, and others getting significant attention from all of those coaches. Still Lyle says he learned a lot about himself and life from this process.

"I just learned to take it all in and enjoy the process," said Lyle. "You have to learn a lot about yourself and the schools and make the best decision to you. I learned a lot about which people to listen to and which not to listen to. It was a tough decision, but I know I made the best choice for me."

Now Lyle is simply happy to have it all over and done with and he can focus on his senior season and his future with the Louisville Cardinals.

"It is crazy that recruiting is all over with and done," said Lyle. "It takes a lot off my shoulders, I just have to focus on my senior year and then be a Cardinal,"

Lyle is currently the No. 12 ranked player in the class of 2014.

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