One of the final dominoes in the 2014 recruiting class has now fallen as five-star point guard JaQuan Lyle committed to Oregon on Wednesday during a press conference. Lyle, Scout’s 22nd-ranked player in the 2014 class also had listed Memphis and Oklahoma State in his final three.
As for what he made his college choice on, the 6-foot-5 guard said playing at the next level right away was key.
“Just the opportunity to play right away and the style of play has to fit me,” Lyle said after a 79-35 win over Cleveland Central Catholic on Jan. 20. “(At) Louisville, I felt like it was a great fit all on the offensive end, but on the defensive end I’m not the full-court defensive guy. This was the best opportunity for playing time and style of play.”
Oregon and Lyle have been in contact since the senior’s de-commitment from Louisville on September 14, 2013.
“There’s a real good relationship right there, me and (Coach Stubblefield),” Lyle added. “We developed a relationship probably three days after I de-committed.”
The Huntington Prep star has helped lead the Irish to 13 consecutive wins and a 27- mark overall, including a berth in this year’s National High School Invitational on April 3-5.
Lyle may be ranked in the mid to late twenties by some services, but the Evansville, IN native is one of the best guards in the class, and has shown that time and time again. In this season with Huntington Prep he has averaged 17.5 points, six rebounds and nearly six assists through the 31 games. The senior also had a 41-point outburst in a Dec. 2 win over Minford in which he shot 15-of-19 from the floor and 7-of-9 from beyond the arc.
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