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Saturday, September 14, 2013
Louisville loses PG JaQuan Lyle

By Dave Telep
ESPN.com

Louisville may be the defending national champion, but it hasn't helped the Cardinals hold on to recruits.

ESPN 100 point guard JaQuan Lyle (Evansville, Ind./Huntington Prep) became the second point guard to decommit since July. Quentin Snider, the No. 28 prospect in the 2014 ESPN 100, had been committed to the Cards for two years, but announced his intentions to play at Illinois on Thursday.

Louisville's roster, which is full of backcourt options, appears to have played a role in Lyle's decision.

"Coach [Rick] Pitino and coach [Kevin] Keatts told me that Chris Jones may go to the NBA, but I didn't feel like I was going to come in and play as much as I wanted," Lyle said.

Lyle, the No. 22 overall player and No. 5 point guard, plans to weigh his options, but is putting a premium on playing time.

"I'm looking for a coach that will push me to get better, not that Coach P wouldn't, and where I can come in and impact," he said.

Lyle has spoken with Indiana's Tom Crean and Connecticut's Kevin Ollie since announcing his decommitment. Memphis, Arizona, Baylor and Kansas have also expressed interest.

Lyle, who said he may need until January or February to decide, indicated there is one school he'd have a difficult time turning down.

"It would probably be Kansas," Lyle said. "I like them a lot, and me and [assistant] coach [Jerrance] Howard had a relationship at Illinois and also when he was at SMU."