National champion Louisville secured a commitment from five-star guard JaQuan Lyle (Evansville, Ind./Bosse) on Wednesday, when the Class of 2014 standout announced he had chosen the Cardinals over Florida, Indiana and Tennessee.
Lyle is ranked No. 22 overall in the ESPN 100, and his commitment moves Louisville to No. 3 in the 2014 recruiting class rankings. The combo guard averaged 27 points, 13 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game as a junior.
"There was no point in waiting," Lyle said. "I wanted it over with so I could focus on my senior year."
Lyle admitted to rooting for the Cardinals during the national championship game, and a recent unofficial visit to Louisville sealed the deal for his decision.
"We clicked a lot, but that last visit when my mom went ... [Rick Pitino] clicked with me and clicked with my mom," Lyle said. "When I got back to the hotel, I knew, my mom knew, and she asked me when I wanted to get it over with."
Lyle is a major addition to Louisville's perimeter arsenal, joining fellow ESPN 100 prospects Quentin Snider, a point guard, and Shaqquan Aaron, a small forward. At 6-foot-4, Lyle brings size, the versatility to play three positions and the strength to post up guards.
Louisville plays a multiguard attack, and Lyle said he is ready to join the mix in 2014.
"I'm kind of a combo guard and sometimes the 3," he said. "I'll be doing a lot for them from bringing the ball up the court to playing on the wing. I'll do whatever coach Pitino needs me to do."
Next up for the Cardinals on the recruiting trail is continuing their pursuit of No. 4 overall prospect Trey Lyles (Indianapolis/Arsenal Tech), a Carlos Boozer-esque power forward. Lyles and Lyle play travel ball together for the Spiece AAU team.