Rick Pitino is currently in the process of assembling the best recruiting classes in the history of the Louisville basketball program. Scout.com currently ranks the 2014 class as the second best in the country and the Louisville staff is still in very good shape with a couple of the best prospects in the country.
Over the past couple of years, Louisville has had a lot of success on the basketball court, but they didn’t need a roster full of McDonalds All Americans and Five Star recruits to do so. Of course there have been a few highly regarded recruits that have joined the program over the past few years, but zero were considered to be top 20 in their respective class.
That will all change next year. Louisville native Quentin Snider has a solid shot at becoming a McDonalds All American and Shaqquan Aaron is quickly climbing in the rankings. Snider and Aaron will fit the Pitino system well and are great players. However, it’s hard not to see the impact of five-star combo guard JaQuan Lyle’s commitment.
The Evansville native is the highest rated prospect to commit to Louisville since Samardo Samuels in 2008. His commitment is what helped Louisville’s 2014 class climb in the rankings. Not only that, but now that he’s verbally pledged to Louisville, other top prospects are noticing. Lyle’s relationship with five-star forward Trey Lyles is a serious factor in recruitment.
Rick Pitino has managed to get very good results with the 5-15 ranked recruiting classes. Just image what he’ll do with the 2014 crop that will come in next year.
If you don’t believe the immediate impact that JaQuan Lyle can have, just watch.