Announcement Primer: JaQuan Lyle

Here is a look at the talent and the recruitment of five-star JaQuan Lyle who will decide this evening. Also predictions on where he will end up.

The Recruitment

It hasn't been the easiest ride for JaQuan Lyle on the recruiting trail. The five-star prospect got offered by Xavier immediately after his first high school game, and then schools such as Indiana and Purdue joined shortly thereafter. Soon Louisville, Illinois, and numerous others would be in the mix.

At the end of Lyle's junior school year, it was Louisville and Indiana that seemed to be asserting themselves in his recruitment. The Cardinals especially were seen as the team to beat, and then in the month of June that proved to be the case when Lyle selected Louisville over Tennessee, Indiana, and Florida.

The commitment didn't last long. In September Lyle de-committed from Louisville and decided to completely re-open his recruitment.

From there things were completely different. Indiana tried to get back involved, but after strong initial interest, both sides went in a different direction which led to schools like Kansas, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Providence, Memphis, and West Virginia making up his final school list.

Eventually Lyle would visit four schools before dropping Kansas and having a final three of Oregon, Oklahoma State, and Memphis.

The Talent

Throughout his high school career people have had their questions about Lyle, but never have those questions involved his ability on the court. Lyle is one of the truly unique talents in this class who is capable of pretty much anything with the basketball.

Lyle is one of the elite passers in the class, he is a gifted scorer, he is big and physical, and actually is an above-average to good athlete as well. Quite simply there isn't much he struggles with.

Offensively Lyle is best as a point guard because with the ball in his hands he just makes things happen, though defensively he will have to guard wings, because at about 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, quicker smaller guards will give him problems.

Still the talent is elite and unique. Not many around the country have amassed his body of work at the high school level or on the AAU circuit, now the question is will he finally put it all together on and off the court.


Brian Snow: Coming down the stretch no one knew quite what to expect. It was a bit of a surprise when Kansas was dropped, but nothing with Lyle's recruitment was ever going to be truly surprising. In the end Oregon an Oklahoma State appeared to be the two that made the biggest impact on his visits, but Oregon always had that special place in his heart. Lyle has a very strong relationship with assistant coach Tony Stubblefield, and in the end that along with the buzz that Oregon brings should get the job done. All signs at the moment signal to Lyle ending up in the Pac 12. Prediction: OREGON

Evan Daniels: JaQuan Lyle's recruitment has been an interesting one from start to finish. He originally committed to Louisville and then backed off his recruitment and many thought he was headed to Kansas. Now, Lyle has his final choice in. While all three finalists -- Memphis, Oklahoma State & Oregon -- made a strong play, the buzz surrounds Oregon on decision day. Prediction: OREGON

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