Four-star 2014 SG 'likes' Louisville

Jaquan Lyle, Scout.com's No. 2 ranked shooting guard in the Class of 2014, put on a Louisville sweatshirt after Indy Spiece Heat's Friday night game at the Nike EYBL Tournament in Hampton, Va. Afterward, Lyle spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his interest in the Cardinals.

Jaquan Lyle, Scout.com's No. 2 ranked shooting guard in the Class of 2014, put on a Louisville sweatshirt after Indy Spiece Heat'S Friday night game at the Nike EYBL Tournament in Hampton, Va.

One of the top prospects in the nation, the 6'4 Lyle, who made an unofficial visit to Louisville in late February, has offers from the Cardinals, Ohio State, Indiana and others.

"I like [Louisville] a lot," Lyle told InsideTheVille.com Friday night at the Boo Williams Sportsplex. "I think Louisville is a great school, great system and Coach Pitino is a great coach - it's a great coaching staff. I like Coach Pitino a lot, it's close to home and my family can come see me play. The staff is great and, of course, the Yum Center would be a great place to play."

With Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts watching Friday night, Lyle helped his AAU team to a first round 70-47 win over Baltimore Elite. Lyle struggled with his ball handling and decision making, making six turnovers, but scored five points and dished out four assists. He attempted just five shots from the field..making two and also grabbed three boards and blocked two shots.

Afterward, Lyle talked about his relationship with the Louisville assistant.

"I talk to Coach Keatts a lot. It would be a great team to play for," Lyle said. "Coach Keatts came to one of my games and then I went down for a visit and after we got to talking he seems like a cool guy. He's good people and a great coach, too."

A multidimensional player, Lyle can play a number of different perimeter positions. He ran the point for his AAU team, while also playing off the ball on the wing where he used his length and slashing ability to create for his teammates.

"I'm real versatile, I can play the one, two or three," Lyle said. "I can shoot, pass..that's why I can play the point. And I can also get in the middle and create for my teammates. There is a lot of things I can do. I can play whatever spot in college the coach wants me to play."

Lyle said Louisville has told him they'd prefer to have the ball in his hands if he chooses to play for the Cardinals.

"They kind of envision me pushing the ball, running and creating for teammates and myself," Lyle said.

While still early in his recruiting process, it's clear that Louisville is a major player in his recruitment at this point. Still, he's not planning to rush and decision and says he wanted to take more visits before narrowing his list down.

"I'm not in any type of hurry, I'm just taking my time and seeing what school will fit me the best," Lyle said. "I'm looking for a good coach and teams that like to run."

Besides UofL, Lyle listed a bunch of schools he's interested in including, Xavier, Purdue, Kansas State, Michigan State and Ohio State. Lyle told InsideTheVille.com that he wants to visit Kansas State and may visit Butler next week after the evaluation period. Butler coach Brad Stevens and Illinois coach John Groce both watched Lyle play Friday night.


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