NBA Camp: Lyle talks UofL

College basketball coaches can begin making calls to high school prospects at midnight Friday. One player likely to hear from Rick Pitino's staff is JaQuan Lyle, one of the nation's Top 25 2014 prospects who happens to be rooming with UofL commit Quentin Snider this week at the NBA Top 100 Camp.

College basketball coaches can begin making calls to high school prospects at midnight tonight.

One player likely to hear from Rick Pitino's staff is Jaquan Lyle, one of the nation's Top 25 2014 prospects.

"A lot of schools talked to my high school coach and said they were going to call," Lyle said. "We'll see who calls."

Lyle expects a call from the Cardinals.

"I'm sure Coach [Kevin] Keatts will call," Lyle said. "I talk to him all the time. I'm sure Coach Keatts will be the first one to call. If they can call at midnight I'm sure he will call me at midnight."

Lyle is rooming with 2014 Louisville commitment Quentin Snider this week at the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va. The two "hung out" last week at the Nike Elite 100 and have become close friends.

"Quentin is a funny dude," Lyle said. "Him and Anton were talking to me about Louisville yesterday when we were shooting around. They both were like, 'you better get on or you're going to get run over."

While Snider was talking with InsideTheVille.com after his morning game, Lyle snuck up from behind to joke around with the Ballard point guard.

"It's cool to be in the situation I'm in being around some of the players that committed to the schools that are recruiting me," Lyle said. "We've just got to take our time and see where it goes."

Lyle, who received a scholarship offer from Louisville while making an unofficial visit last season, has strong interest in the Cardinals.

"Louisville is a great school and Coach Pitino is a great coach," Lyle said. "They get out and run and that's why I like to do. Louisville is a wonderful school. I'm just going to take my time and see where it goes."

Lots of Big 10 schools are recruiting Lyle, including Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue and Michigan State. Texas and Georgetown also recently offered scholarships.

"Every school is probably pretty equal right now," Lyle said.

The last time we saw Lyle at the EYBL in Hampton, he wore a Louisville hooded sweatshirt around the gym. Was that an indication that the Cardinals are a serious factor in his recruitment?

"I have a lot of sweatshirts and that was the one I wore that weekend," Lyle said with a laugh.

Lyle, who has visited Louisville, Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State, Xavier and Michigan State, says he may try to set up some unofficial visits before the July evaluation period.

"I'll probably visit IU, Purdue and possibly Texas," Lyle said.

Lyle is off to a strong start at the NBA Camp. He did a little bit of everything in his game Thursday morning against 6'6 forward Jalen Lindsey - rebounding, deflecting passes on defense and finding open teammates for easy baskets on the break.

"The first game started kind of slow, but I got to play against one of my friends, Jalen [Lindsey], so that was good," Lyle said. "We just got the ball out and ran and I think we won six of the eight [quarters].

"This is a great camp. It's the Top 100 for a reason. Their are great players every game and you have to come out and compete or you'll get exposed. I played good. I just dished the ball out and did what I was asked to do."


Cardinal Authority Top Stories