Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Kansas assistant Jerrance Howard met with JaQuan Lyle Thursday at Huntington (W.V.) Prep and by all accounts the visit went well.
The 6-foot-5 Lyle holds a Kansas offer and he could visit the campus sometime over the Christmas break.
Now that Kansas is out of the Tyus Jones Sweepstakes, they are re-focusing on Lyle, who is expected to sign in the spring. Kansas feels it needs a big-body combo guard to complete its recruiting class, giving them a potential top-five class to go along with Findlay Prep wing Kelly Oubre and Chicago Curie power forward Cliff Alexander.
Lyle and Alexander talked about a possible package deal, and it appears that could still happen with the Jayhawks.
Oregon, West Virginia and Florida State are also in the mix.
“He’s a bigger guard that is really good in iso and pick-and-roll situations,” said Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford, whose team is ranked No. 3 nationally by USA Today. “He can score in a lot of different ways. He’s an elite playmaker and a good on-ball defender.
“He has been very good this year and we are expecting him to have a great senior year.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.