Lyle talks visits

Recently JaQuan Lyle made visits to Kansas and Oklahoma, and now a decision is firmly in view.

Five-star point guard JaQuan Lyle is one of the best available prospects in the class of 2014. The Huntington (WV) Prep standout recent took a pair of official visits, and came away impressed with both schools.

The Big XII is having an excellent year on the court, and Lyle has taken notice. Recently he tripped to Kansas and Oklahoma State.

First Lyle saw Oklahoma State, and Coach Travis Ford and his staff made an impression.

"Coach Ford has told me I would come in and replace Marcus Smart," said Lyle. "They would need me to come in and play big minutes right away because Marcus Smart and Markell Brown will both be gone, and they won't have a point guard. They want me to come in and play impact minutes right away, and I think that situation would be a great situation. That is the situation I have been looking for."

Considering himself a city kid, Lyle at first wasn't used to Stillwater, but he did come away very impressed with the campus.

"It was a different place than what I am used to," Lyle explained. "I am pretty much a city boy and Stillwater is more country. I saw people walking around with cowboy boots and their shirts tucked in, which I wasn't used to, but the campus was really nice. It was a great campus and I really liked it."

After visiting Oklahoma State he made the trip to Lawrence to check in on the Jayhawks.

"Overall I think it was a great trip," said Lyle of KU. "I got to see a good game, they played Oklahoma, got the win, they won the Big XII regular season title, and it was crazy in there. I got to see how the players got along with the coaches and each other, the dorms, academic stuff, and it was just a great visit."

One of the big selling points for Kansas is the presence of fellow five-star Cliff Alexander in the 2014 class. Alexander and Lyle are friends and speak quite often about the future.

"Going to college with another player who is that good, he makes everything else easier for everybody on the court," said Lyle. "Playing with him, he can make me better, and I can make him better. If we were to play together it would better both of us and it is something we have talked about almost every day. He will understand if I don't go to Kansas, but I know he will be happy if I do go there. It is something that is an option, but we just have to see what happens."

Up next for Lyle is a visit to Memphis this weekend, and he is looking forward to seeing what the Tigers have to offer.

"I just want to take it all in, and see how I would fit in with the players there and if I will fit in," Lyle said of Memphis. "That is the main thing, fitting in with the players, making sure there will be no conflict, and just looking for the relationships."

After the visit to Memphis is when Lyle will begin to really start figuring out which school fits him best out of his final group because it is likely to be his last trip.

"I am pretty much set on my final four of Oregon, Kansas, Oklahoma State, and Memphis," noted Lyle. "If I don't feel comfortable with a decision I probably will make another visit, and it would be to Providence, but that's something I don't think will happen."

He continued, "If everything goes as planned I plan on committing when I go home for spring break."


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