PADUCAH — JaQuan Lyle was the hero of Huntington Prep’s victory over Our Savior New American on Thursday night, scoring 23 points and hitting the game-winning free throws.
He’s also one of the only top-rated players in the Class of 2014 who hasn’t made a college decision.
Lyle, who decommitted from Louisville in September, was supposed to take his first official visit — to Kansas — this weekend, but that trip had to be postponed. Lyle’s nephew was born a couple of months premature and is scheduled to come home from the hospital this weekend. So he’ll spend the next few days in Indiana with his family before returning to Huntington Prep, which is off until next week.
Lyle hasn’t rescheduled the official visit to Kansas and has no other trips planned. He said he was unlikely to take any visits until March, when Huntington Prep has finished its season.
The 6-foot-5 guard mentioned Kansas, Oregon, West Virginia, Providence and Memphis as the schools that are recruiting him the hardest at the moment. He also said that homestate Indiana is no longer an option.
“I can tell you that IU is off my list completely,” he said. “We don’t keep in contact any more.”
Lyle also said he has had no contact with U of L or Kentucky since he decommitted from the Cardinals, and he’s not expecting to hear from either school.
One program that has popped up in the past few weeks is Oklahoma State. Lyle said he played “phone tag” with Cowboys Coach Travis Ford, who was able to get in contact with Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford and later Lyle.
Ford said he wanted Lyle to come to Stillwater for an official visit. He also compared him to Marcus Smart, the current Oklahoma State point guard who is expected to be among the first players chosen in this year’s NBA Draft.
“I need to make the best opportunity for myself. And I think that’s a good opportunity to come in and play right away with them losing Marcus Smart,” Lyle said. “It’s just something I need to think about.
“He said he likes me because I’m a big guard. He compared me to Marcus Smart and said he could develop me into the best player I can be. Eventually, I want to go to the NBA, and I’ve seen what he did with Marcus Smart.”
Lyle has no timetable for making a college decision.
Scout.com ranks him as the No. 22 overall player in the Class of 2014. Myles Turner and Rashad Vaughn are the only uncommitted seniors ranked higher.