With JaQuan Lyle committing to Louisville yesterday, Rick Pitino’s backcourt is pretty much set for the near future. In 2014, Louisville will have Wayne Blackshear, Kevin Ware, Chris Jones, Terry Rozier, Anton Gill, Quintin Snider, Shaqquan Aaron and JaQuan Lyle. That is some scary depth in the backcourt.
With three current commitments from the 2014 class, I think you can expect for Rick Pitino to add one or possibly two more recruits in this class. If you take a look at what Louisville will lose to graduation or possibly the NBA over the next two years, I think it’s obvious that Pitino and staff will likely target post-players in 2014 & 2015.
With Lyle now committed, you can expect Rick Pitino and staff to fully turn their attention to five star forward Trey Lyles. The Indianapolis native will likely be Louisville top target from here on out in 2014. Lyles is rated as the number one power forward in the 2014 class. Lyles is 6-foot-10, 210-pounds, and is one of the more versatile players in the country.
Shortly after winning the national championship Rick Pitino traveled to Indianapolis for an in-home visit that Lyles described as “great” via his Twitter account. Lyles is currently considering Louisville, Kentucky, Butler, Duke, Florida and UCLA. Duke and Kentucky have been considered the favorites, but Pitino may have recently changed that. While in Louisville a couple of weeks ago competing in the KY vs. IN Junior All Star Game, Lyles said he speaks to Pitino on a weekly basis. Jerry Meyer, a national recruiting analyst for 247-Sports predicts that Lyles will eventually give Louisville a verbal commit.
A commitment from JaQuan Lyle can only help Louisville’s chances of landing Lyles. The two are close friends and AAU teammates. JaQuan let Lyles know on Twitter yesterday afternoon that he needs to join him at Louisville.
— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba5) June 26, 2013