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April 24, 2013

5-star Lyle updates his recruitment

This is a big day in Jaquan Lyle's recruitment.

The 2014 five-star guard from Evansville (Ind.) Bosse has Indiana coach Tom Crean and Louisville coach Rick Pitino in for home visits.

Ohio State's Thad Matta was in on Monday, and Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin on Tuesday.

Lyle recently sat down with Peegs.com to update his recruitment.

He said one of the developments is his relationship with Crean has really grown because the two talk about a lot more than basketball.

"Coach Crean's one of those coaches who cares about basketball, but that's not his main thing," Lyle said. "His main thing is that he cares about you as a person first. That's what I like in his coaching."

This will be the second in-home visit Lyle has had with Crean. Lyle said his mother and grandmother will be a part of today's visits.

"The first visit we had, I got a lot out of that one," Lyle said. "I just know more about the staff. He'll get to talk to my grandmother and my mom. That'll be great. I know whatever knowledge he drops on me, I'll learn from it."

Crean was in Los Angeles over the weekend for the first session of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. For Spiece's opening game, Crean and assistant Kenny Johnson sat center court to watch Lyle, 2014 Indianapolis Park Tudor forward Trevon Bluiett and 2014 IU commit guard James Blackmon Jr.

"If they're sitting middle court, you see them. You make eye contact," Lyle said. "He was watching James and James played pretty good. He was also look at me and Trevon. It was great."

Neither Pitino, Matta nor Florida's Billy Donovan were spotted in L.A. this past weekend. Illinois head coach John Groce and Tennessee's Martin were there.

Lyle has cut his list to Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State and Tennessee. IU, Louisville, Ohio State and Tennessee all had in-home visits this week by their head coach. Today is the final day the NCAA recruiting calendar allows in-home visits until after July.

"I'm just learning more about the staffs and the schools and the academics, which is important. We're really sitting down with the home visits and breaking stuff down," Lyle said.

A decision isn't something Lyle expects to make soon. "I'm not really at that stage yet," he said. "Once that time comes, I'll know it."



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