Louisville landed another top-notch prospect from the class of 2014 on Wednesday, giving the Cards a third top-50 recruit and the No. 2 class in the country.
Evansville combo guard JaQuan Lyle announced his commitment to the Cardinals. His other finalists were Indiana, Florida and Tennessee. Scout.com considers Lyle the No. 12 overall prospect in 2014. He joins point guard Quentin Snider (29th) and wing player Shaqquan Aaron (36th) as early commitments in Rick Pitino’s class.
Lyle — a 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard — had some early interest from Kentucky but cut the Cats from his list before getting an offer.
Louisville was also in good shape with five-star guard Isaiah Whitehead, but the Cards now have three elite guards in their 2014 class and should have a handful of talented returning players at that position.
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Whitehead — the No. 17 overall player in the class — told the Herald-Leader earlier this month that Syracuse, Louisville and Minnesota had been recruiting him the hardest and he planned to take visits to all three schools at the end of the summer schedule.
Syracuse and Louisville had long been at the top of his list. Minnesota was a recent addition.
“They came in like three weeks ago but they came at me with a great recruitment,” Whitehead said. “They were just telling me that things are different out there. You can shy away from all the pressure and everything.
“I’ve heard it’s great out there.”
Whitehead has also listed UCLA and St. John’s, and Texas offered a couple of weeks ago.
The 6-4, 195-pound guard has mentioned Kentucky in the past, and John Calipari watched his high school team play last season. But Whitehead told the Herald-Leader earlier this month that UK had not contacted him recently.
“I really don’t know where it is with them,” he said.
UK has already offered four guards in the class of 2014: Tyus Jones, Emmanuel Mudiay, Rashad Vaughn and Devin Booker.