Lyle announces Oregon intention
HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington connections just keep coming for JaQuan Lyle.
After deciding to play for Huntington Prep his senior year, the 6-foot-5 guard from Evansville, Ind., announced Wednesday that he will continue his college career for another coach with Huntington ties.
Lyle announced in front of family and friends in Evansville he will attend the University of Oregon and play for head coach Dana Altman, who is a former head coach at Marshall University.
"Next year, I'm going to attend the University of Oregon," Lyle said at his press conference.
Lyle chose Oregon over Memphis and a pair of Big 12 programs -- Oklahoma State and Kansas -- in a ceremony at Holiday Inn Evansville Airport in his hometown. Lyle is on spring break this week from Huntington St. Joe.
He averaged 17.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 4.2 steals for Huntington Prep during his senior year.
Huntington Prep (27-4) has been invited to the Dick's Sporting Goods National High School Tournament, April 3-5, in New York City. The tournament is considered the de facto national championship.
Lyle is ranked as the No. 22 prospect in the nation by 247sports.com and is No. 41 overall in the ESPN Top 100 for the Class of 2014.
Prior to his time in Huntington, Lyle was a standout for Bosse (Ind.), averaging 27 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists while leading his team to a 19-6 record.
Lyle's size makes him a difficult matchup for most guards because his strength allows him to get into the lane against smaller guards.
Altman's offensive scheme is a guard-oriented attack predicated on building mismatches, making Lyle a solid fit for the Ducks.
Much of the credit for Lyle's commitment goes to Oregon assistant Tony Stubblefield, who built a solid relationship. Stubblefield was at several Huntington Prep contests this season, including one with Altman last month.
Lyle joins Josh Perkins (Gonzaga) and Jalen Lindsey (Providence) as NCAA Division I prospects from Huntington Prep this season.