Lyle talks decision

Four-star point guard JaQuan Lyle explains his pick of Ohio State.

For JaQuan Lyle he thinks the third time is a charm. After committing and de-committing from Louisville, and then being denied admission at Oregon despite qualifying by NCAA standards, Lyle has decided to select Ohio State to continue his education and basketball career.

A native of Evansville, Indiana, Lyle is now at Bradenton (Fla) IMG Academy. After his recruitment re-opened this fall, Ohio State was one of the main schools after him, and that comfort and persistence led to his decision.

“Coach (Thad) Matta and Coach (Dave) Dickerson just showed constant interest ever since they started recruiting me again,” said Lyle of why he committed. “Add that in to the opportunity to come in and play right away and have the ball in my hands, to me it is the best situation for me.”

Lyle continued, “You have D’Angelo (Russell) probably leaving which he should, then you have Shannon Scott leaving and Sam Thompson leaving, and they are losing most of their ball handlers, so the opportunity is there for me to come in right away and also play with great players coming in as well as who they have returning.”

Coming into the visit Lyle said he wasn’t exactly sure of what he would do, but once on campus in Columbus that sealed the deal for him.

“I didn’t know for sure coming into the visit that I was going to commit,” said Lyle. “Just coming on campus and going to the game, it was just the perfect fit. They have a family environment which I looked for, and it was just the right place.”

After his situation with Oregon happened, Lyle could have rushed to get enrolled at a new school or even enrolled at a different school after first semester. However he took his time with his decision, and he is happy that things worked out the way they did.

“I’m glad I didn’t rush into a decision,” explained Lyle. “This has been another year to get better and get in better shape and just be ready. So instead of rushing in and coming in at the break and sitting out, I feel like that would have been more stressful. Now I feel I will be 100 percent ready.”

With Lyle there have never been question marks surrounding his talent. However his focus off the floor as well as his conditioning on it have been in question. That said, he feels IMG has gone a long way to helping in both of those areas.

“It has been very helpful,” said Lyle of IMG. “The schedule varies just like college. You have lifting, you have practice, you have school, and I just feel like if I had to do it again I would come here again because IMG is prepping me for college. Everybody here is just great. I’m not glad I had to come here because of the circumstances, but the opportunity has been great and I definitely benefitted from being here.”

Lyle now gives the Buckeyes a clear top 10 class in the country and the premier class in the Big Ten.

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