Louisville loads up their backcourt

JaQuan Lyle committed to Louisville on Wednesday adding yet another talented guard to their stable.

Louisville is building for another run.

Coming off their first National Championship in 27 years, Rick Pitino has an impressive roster this season and he's building on it in 2014 as well.

Already holding a pair of top 40 pledges in the 2014 class, Pitino added another on Wednesday. Five-star combination guard Jaquan Lyle verbally pledged to Louisville over Tennessee, Florida and Indiana.

So what is Louisville getting?

At 6-foot-5, Lyle is a versatile guard that can play and defend three positions. Lyle is a tremendous passer with impressive ball skills. He also proved this spring he could be effective in a more focused scoring role.

Lyle has been as consistent of a performer as any guard prospect in the 2014 class this spring. Through 13 EYBL games he scored 14.3 points, grabbed 5.9 rebounds and tossed out 3.7 assists.

Add Lyle to the crop of guards Louisville has accumulated and they'll contend for having the best backcourt in the country in the coming years.

Lyle joins an already strong recruiting class that consists of the No. 29 player – Quentin Snider – and the No. 36 overall prospect – Shaqquan Aaron.

That piggy backs off of reeling in arguably the nation's top Junior College player – Chris Jones -- and a pair of highly touted guards – Terry Rozier and Anton Gill – in the 2013 recruiting class.

Lyle and Snider are both talented guards, but each are versatile and very different. In fact, I expect Louisville to play them together quite a bit.

Snider's ability to make shots from mid-range out to three make him a dangerous threat. But he's also quicker than given credit for and while he's better on the ball, he has some combo to him and can certainly play off of it when called upon.

Aaron, a 6-foot-6 lengthy wing out of Seattle (Wash.) Rainer, is a big wing scorer. His biggest strength is his ability to make long-range shots. He has deep range, a quick release and is able to heat up in a hurry.

This gives Louisville a pair of highly regarded versatile guards that are skilled and tremendous passers, but also a guy with great size on the wing that can fill it up. The next step in Louisville's 2014 class is adding two post players.

The Cardinals currently have scholarship offers out to Trey Lyles, Myles Turner, Goodluck Okonoboh, Elbert Robinson and Cliff Alexander. Robinson is expected to visit Louisville in the near future. They also hosted four-star power forward Jaylen Johnson on a visit two weeks ago.

Louisville's recruiting class ranks No. 2 in the 2014, behind North Carolina, who holds pledges from a pair of five-star recruits and another ranked among Scout.com's top 35 players.


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