After Jaquan Lyle re-opened his commitment, many fans of college basketball were quite unimpressed with the young player. Having already lost Quentin Snyder, another top flight recruit, due to worries about sharing the court with Lyle, the Cardinals were left to rely solely on Lyle to control the point guard duties.
Having Lyle on the team was the reason Snyder’s decision to re-open was not as chaotic as it could have been for any other team. Lyle is easily one of the most skilled players in the 2014 recruiting class and could have easily started off as an important player for the Louisville Cardinals from day one.
What hurts the most for the Cardinals is that Lyle is leaving on the same premise that Snyder did. With Chris Jones, who played Junior College last season, coming over to Louisville starting this season, Lyle felt that he would not get enough court time as a freshman.
“Coach (Rick) Pitino and coach (Kevin) Keatts told me that Chris Jones may go to the NBA (after his junior season in 2013-14), but I didn’t feel like I was going to come in and play as much as I wanted,” Lyle told ESPN.
While this happens fairly often in college basketball. Lyle’s episode was made a bit shadier yesterday when Cliff Alexander, easily a top five player in the 2014 class, tweeted that he would be playing with Lyle in college. While none of this is official, the thought that there may have been some illegal maneuvers somewhere down the line isn’t completely out of the question considering what the tweet is implying.
Without Lyle, the Cardinals are dealt a major blow for the 2015 season, if Jones sticks around and chooses not to jump to the NBA, they will still be a good team but it is unquestionable that losing a talent like Lyle can only hurt a team.