Hoops Recruiting Central: Pursue Lyle?

2014 guard JaQuan Lyle decommitted from Louisville on Friday. Should IU pursue him again?

Before he committed to Louisville in July, JaQuan Lyle was one of Indiana's primary guard prospects in the 2014 class. It's easy to understand why.

Lyle, the former Evansville Bosse guard who transferred to Huntington Prep in West Virginia, is 6-foot-4 with plenty of talent.

Lyle is a five-star prospect, ranked as the No. 3 point guard in the 2014 class. And now, he's a free agent once again.

Lyle announced on Friday that he had decommitted from Louisville.

So now the question is simple: Should Tom Crean and Indiana go after Lyle?

The Hoosiers were one of Lyle's four finalists this summer, along with Louisville, Florida and Tennessee.

My answer to the question is: Yes, Indiana should recruit him again. At the very least, call this week and let him know you're still interested. Then, when Robert Johnson makes his decision on Friday, you have a better idea just how hard you need to go after Lyle going forward.

I'm not a big fan of kids who decommit only months after their initial commitment, but at the same time, Lyle is one of the elite talents in this class. Plus, he's the kind of guy that could get others to join him.

I'm hearing that Indiana hasn't yet decided how it will handle the Lyle situation, but I do think the Hoosiers will make an effort to recruit him. Maybe he's not one of your priorities initially -- that's Johnson, Isaiah Whitehead and James Blackmon Jr. -- but Lyle is someone you really can't afford not to recruit.

Here's part of our player evaluation on Lyle from Scout.com:

"Lyle's game differs from that of most point guards. He stands 6-4, 195 pounds, and thus he bears the physical dimensions of a wing rather than a floor general. He utilizes his height and mass to overpower defenders, and when contained off the dribble he's able to pass over the top. Lyle is at his best putting the ball on the floor and expanding his options as he approaches the basket."

Other Sunday notes:

***Goodluck Okonoboh's official visit to Indiana ended about 9 a.m. this morning. The 2014 center had been in town since early Friday. His trip to Indiana was his first official visit. He attended the Hoosiers' 42-10 football win over Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon and was hosted by close friend Noah Vonleh.

***Whitehead tweeted Sunday morning that he will take an unofficial visit to St. John's next weekend. Whitehead's recruitment has been difficult to follow because he doesn't say a whole lot and plenty of schools are still involved.

***Unrelated to IU, but Purdue picked up a 2014 commitment from three-star recruit Vince Edwards.


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