JaQuan Lyle used his final weekend of travel ball to make quiet an impression on scouts and college coaches in Las Vegas.
Lyle, playing with the Mac Irvin Fire for the first time, showed why he's ranked as the No. 12 player in the class – averaging 16 points in 10 games (two tournaments) – for Mac Irvin.
The 6-foot-4 Lyle helped Mac Irvin to a win in The Eight Tournament and a semifinal loss in the Las Vegas Classic. The start of the game the Fire lost in the Las Vegas Classic came just 30 minutes after finishing the other event – and it was about a 15-minute drive between gyms.
"I'm tired," Lyle said. "But it's been fun. It was real fun playing with Cliff (Alexander) and Jahlil (Okafor) and a bunch of the other guys. It was just so much fun because they let you get up and down and play free.
"The summer has come to an end. I have one more trip and then I go straight to school after that. It's been a good summer."
Lyle, a native of Evansville, Ind., will play at adidas Nations this weekend in Los Angeles and then will head directly to prep school. He announced last week that he was leaving Bosse High School and headed to Huntington, W. Va., Prep.
"Oh yeah, it's going to be good for me," Lyle said of prep school. "I am real excited about it. I am going to play against the nations top players all the time, not just AAU. A national schedule will be real fun."
Lyle has had a ton of attention for several years and started the spring travel-ball period saying he wasn't likely to make a college decision until later.
He considered offers from Indiana, Tennessee, Florida, Illinois and Ohio State but in late June decided the "time was right," so he committed to U of L.
With the Louisville coaches tracking him in July, Lyle played without a lot of pressure. He played with the Louisville Magic during the first evaluation period in Indianapolis before attending the Nike Global Challenge the second period and then starring for the Mac Irvin Fire this past week.
In The Eight final, Lyle had 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
"The summer has been great," Lyle said. "I committed to a school and decided to go to a prep school, so a lot of decisions have been made this summer. I've improved a lot also but I am not satisfied yet, I just need to keep working."
Lyle said U of L coach Rick Pitino told him that he still needs to work on his skills, including getting stronger before he arrives at U of L.
"I still have a lot I need to work on," Lyle said.
While playing with Mac Irvin in Sin City, top U of L post player target Cliff Alexander told Cardinal Authority that Lyle had "been in my ear."
"I think there's a strong chance but he never gave me an answer," Lyle said of the possibility that Alexander will also sign with U of L. "He said that I also had to wait it out. So we'll just have to see.
"Anybody (the staff is recruiting) will fit in real good. We're just going to have to wait it out and see."