JaQuan Lyle (Evansville, Ind./Huntington Prep) has decided to re-open his recruitment after becoming concerned that he no longer fits in with the defending national champions Louisville. The 6-4 point guard de-committed from the Cardinals on Sept. 14.
Part of the reason Lyle, the 22nd best prospect in the class of 2014 according to ESPN Recruiting Nation, decided to de-commit is that Louisville is full of backcourt options.
"Coach [Rick] Pitino and coach [Kevin] Keatts told me that Chris Jones may go to the NBA, but I didn't feel like I was going to come in and play as much as I wanted," Lyle said.
Lyle will weigh his options but will look for the best opportunity to play right away.
"I'm looking for a coach that will push me to get better, not that Coach P wouldn't, and where I can come in and impact," he said.
Lyle said that he has spoken to Indiana's Tom Crean and Connecticut's Kevin Ollie since de-committing. Memphis, Arizona, Baylor and Kansas have also expressed interest. Indiana, Florida and Tennessee were the other finalist for Lyle’s services prior to him committing to Louisville.
Lyle is the second player from the class of 2014 to de-commit from Louisville since July. Quentin Snyder, the No. 28 prospect in the class of 2014 according to ESPN, decided that Illinois was the place for him on Sept. 12. Snider had been committed to the Cardinals for two years.
Even if Jones leaves for the NBA after the season, Louisville will still freshmen Terry Rozier, Anton Gill, Dillion Ayare and David David Levitch as well as junior Kevin Ware as guards on their roster next season.
Lyle will be playing his final high school season at Huntington Prep (W.Va.) after playing last season at Bosse. He averaged 27 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists last year.