College basketball recruiting profiles: JaQuan Lyle

There are only a handful of top uncommitted prospects left in the country and JaQuan Lyle is one of them.  Lyle is a 6-foot-5 combo guard from Evansville, Ind., but plays at the prestigious Huntington Prep in Huntington, W.Va.  He is the No. 41 ranked player in the ESPN 100 and one of only four uncommitted prospects on the list.

Lyle is a big point guard with a lot of skill and upside.  He is an effortless scorer who seems to get to the basket at ease.  His size would suggest that he would play shooting guard at the next level but Lyle possesses good ability to create for other teammates when in the lane.  Lyle also has good court vision as a point guard but his biggest strength is his versatility.

Coaches covet a player like Lyle who can play both guard positions and small forward in some situations.  The only knock Lyle is inconsistency on his shot and the lack of top-level athleticism.  These are qualities that can both be developed once he gets into a college program.

Lyle has nine schools that he is interested in, but certain schools seem to have more of his interest than the others.  After his de-commitment from Louisville in September 2013, three schools surged ahead with Lyle.  Connecticut, Memphis and Kansas are the only schools Lyle has taken visits to and figure to be his top schools.

Connecticut will have an open spot at the point guard position with the eventual graduation of Shabazz Napier, so there could be a place for Lyle at UConn.  He could also benefit from the guidance of former NBA point guard and Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie.

There will definitely an opening at both guard positions at Memphis.  The Tigers’ top three guards, Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford and Michael Dixon Jr. are seniors and Lyle could step right in.

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Kansas seems to have the best chance to get Lyle’s commitment.  The Jayhawks have a knack for recruiting versatile guards into their program and molding them into better basketball players.  Lyle has a good relationship with some of the assistant coaches at KU, which always proves beneficial in recruiting. He would more than likely play both guard positions at Kansas with point guards Frank Mason Jr. and Naadir Tharpe still in the fold.

Lyle is the top, uncommitted guard left in the ESPN 100 prospect list and may announce his commitment sometime this month. If I had to bet then I would say that Lyle is going to Kansas.  Relationships are the foundation to any commitment in recruiting and Kansas has a good one with Lyle.

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