A trio of five-star prospects from the Class of 2014 were among nine visitors for Kentucky's "Big Blue Madness" on Friday night, including Evansville (Ind.) Bosse point guard Jaquan Lyle.
"It was a lot of fun," said Lyle, who is rated the No. 3 point guard and No. 14 overall in the junior class. "I got to be there with a lot of other good players like the Harrison twins, James Young, Trey (Lyles), Cliff (Alexander) and Karl (Towns). We had a lot of fun catching up because most of us haven't seen each other since the summer. It was fun to all be in one place together and get to experience something like Kentucky's Big Blue Madness."
Asked if Madness was everything he expected, Lyle said: "Yeah, and more. I knew the fans would be great. That part didn't surprise me at all. But the light show they had for the floor during the player introductions was amazing. I had never seen anything like that. It was really cool experience."
Lyle said he enjoyed a brief "meet and greet" with the UK coaches and players prior to Madness. "I enjoyed that. They have some good guys in their program. And Coach Cal, it's an honor to be recruited by him. You can tell he loves it there, and the fans love him."
He also enjoyed the scrimmage portion of Madness.
"They get the ball out and run and play a fast pace," Lyle said. "That's how I like to play."
The 6-foot-4 Lyle had been to Lexington this summer for an unofficial visit, so he had already experienced the campus tour. But the new player dorms at not been completed during his last trip to UK.
"Really, really nice," he said. "They have great overall facilities for their players -- everything you could ever want."
Lyle could wind up being at the center of a great recruiting battle between the three programs picked to start the season 1-3 in the rankings: Louisville, Indiana and Kentucky. He is also hearing from programs like Illinois, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee and Xavier.
"It's still early," Lyle said. "Right now, I'm just enjoying the process and taking it all in. I don't have any favorites yet, but I do like those three (UK, IU, UofL)."
Lyle plans to visit Indiana this coming weekend for "Hoosier Hysteria." He expects to be at Illinois on Oct. 26.
Lyle talks 'Madness'
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