JaQuan Lyle sat behind the Kansas bench for the Jayhawks’ 83-75 victory over Oklahoma Monday night, and Kansas-bound big man Cliff Alexander wants his friend to join the team.
“It’s great, still out here,” Lyle told SNY.tv by text.
“Rock chalk we gotta get @jmamba5 to commit to the family,” Alexander Tweeted about Lyle.
Kansas expects to have several guards returning in Naadir Tharpe, Frank Mason, Conner Frankamp, Brannen Greene and possibly Wayne Selden, and also brings in wing Kelly Oubre.
Still, sources close to the program said Kansas is high on Lyle as a combo guard who can handle and pass better than their other guards and that he would have a chance to start next season for the Jayhawks.
Lyle and Alexander are tight and have talked about packaging.
“Me and Cliff, we’ve been tight since about our eighth-grade year and our relationship just grew, so now he’s like a brother to me,” Lyle told SNY.tv previously. “Just the opportunity to play with him would be wonderful. Cliff makes me better, I make him better. Every big man wants a point guard who can get them the ball in the right place that they can score, make the job easier for them. And every point guard wants a big man who can get them open and get them an opportunity to make them look better.”
Lyle visited Oklahoma State Friday-Sunday and is at Kansas until Wednesday.
He has already visited Oregon and visits Memphis March 7. He’s expected to decide over spring break March 15-23.
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