"It's a trip that he's been looking forward to," Bosse coach Shane Burkhart said. "He obviously enjoyed the game and environment and had a chance to meet and talk to Coach Pitino. It was just an exciting time for him."
Pitino has had success with former Evansville high school standouts Walter McCarty at Kentucky and current Louisville forward Kyle Kuric. McCarty helped Pitino win his only NCAA title in 1996 before playing in the NBA. Kuric, Louisville's leading scorer, is one of the top forwards in the Big East.
"Coach Pitino told him that he likes kids from Evansville, Indiana. Obviously, Kyle has had a great career for him and he'd like to add a couple of kids from Evansville in the near future," said Burkhart. "It was a positive conversation and he told (Jaquan) he'd see him soon. It was short but a meaningful conversation."
Ranked the No. 2 shooting guard in his class, Lyle has strong interest in Louisville. "Right now it's early in the process and Louisville is relatively new to recruiting Jaquan," Burkhart said. "It's a situation where they're both feeling each other out. He understands that (Louisville) is a high-profile program with a legendary Hall of Fame coach. That's just a positive situation for Jaqaun all the way around. He's interested extremely in Louisville."
Lyle is off to a strong start this season and plans to visit Michigan State December 28 and Kentucky December 31 when the Wildcats host Louisville. He also might visit Memphis, Ohio State, Kansas this season.
"He's extremely intelligent. His IQ on the basketball court is astronomical," Burkharst said. "He scored 29 points in our first game of the year against Jeffersonville and he scored 29 in our third game against Memorial. He dominated both games offensively for us. He can dominate a game without scoring. He's so creative and can beat people off of the dribble."