Jaquan Lyle needed the challenge of playing up

INDIANAPOLIS — Put rather matter of factly, Jaquan Lyle needed more of a challenge.

“Playing 15s, I just killed,” Lyle said during the adidas Invitational.

So after a spring spent playing with the Eric Gordon 15s, Lyle moved to Spiece Indy Heat. It’s a team made up of rising sophomores, but playing on the 16U level.

“I felt like it was needed for me to get better as a player,” Lyle said.

The move has put him in the position of playing without the ball in his hands — Spiece already has P.J. Thompson as a primary ball-handler and James Blackmon Jr. is trying to become better as the point guard.

So Lyle, a rising sophomore at Evansville Bosse, is working as a wing, and even going inside on a team playing without Trey Lyles.

“The first game was pretty rough,” Lyle said. “I didn’t really score, but I wasn’t looking for my shot. I was finding other players, rebounding the ball and playing D.”

At 6-foot-4, Lyle probably fits as a shooting guard on the next level. To that end, he’s been working on his jump shot.

“It’s getting a lot quicker with my release and I am following through a lot better,” Lyle said.

Michigan State and Ohio State are showing the most interest right now, Lyle said, but Indiana remains very much involved.

“Indiana is still recruiting me hard,” Lyle said.

Lyle said his next three unofficial visits will be, in some order, to Indiana, Ohio State and Xavier.