Top Louisville recruit JaQuan Lyle decommits

 Posted by at 1:17 AM on September 14, 2013
Sep 142013
Class of 2014 guard JaQuan Lyle committed to Louisville earlier this spring.

Class of 2014 guard JaQuan Lyle committed to Louisville earlier this year.

Rick Pitino has lost his top commitment in the Class of 2014.

Five-star guard JaQuan Lyle announced Friday night that he has decommitted from Louisville. The 6-foot-4 prospect committed to the Cardinals in June, picking them over Indiana, Florida and Tennessee.

“It’s official. I’m de-committed from the University of Louisville,” Lyle tweeted. “I appreciate Coach (Pitino), the staff, and the fans for the support.” ranks Lyle as the No. 16 overall prospect in the Class of 2014. The Evansville, Ind., native will play his senior season at Huntington Prep (W.Va.).

Lyle is also close friends and former AAU teammates with Indianapolis forward Trey Lyles, who is expected to choose either Kentucky or Louisville. Lyles — a top-10 prospect in 2014 — said in July that Lyle’s commitment to U of L was a plus for the Cardinals.

Lyle tweeted Thursday that a rumor claiming he reached out to UK last month was false. Kentucky expressed interest in Lyle before he committed to Louisville but never offered him a scholarship.

Four-star point guard Quentin Snider decommitted from Louisville in late July after being committed to the Cards for nearly two years. Snider announced his commitment to Illinois on Thursday night.


  3 Responses to “Top Louisville recruit JaQuan Lyle decommits”

  1. These kids are being pushed into committing too soon. They have not even finished high school yet and how many of us know exactly what we want to do after high school. I think it is okay to say ‘hey we want you to come visit us to see what we have to offer’ and ‘ we really want you to come play for us’. So now here Pitino is loosing two recruits that he has spent hours and big bucks on the chase wasted. And I’m sure it is happening at every school out there.

  2. To me, it looks like being recruited has to be 1 of the most stressful times in a kids life. The really good players get hounded by these big named coaches and are expected to make a grown up decision about their life before they are old enough to vote in a lot of cases. I don’t envy that at all. Can you imagine having Coach Cal, followed by Coach K, then Coach Pitino showing up at your house and the recruit has to make a choice that pleases himself, his parents, his HS coach, his friends, rank strangers that think they know better than he does and don’t forget the Girlfriend and in most cases your dealing with a kid that hasn’t hit 18 yet. It’s a wonder it doesn’t happen much more often than it does….

  3. I agree. Like Zimmerman received 70+ letters on 1 day from UNLV and that’s ridiculous. Thr recruiting process should be reassessed .

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