JaQuan Lyle

SPRINGFIELD, MA - JANUARY 18: JaQuan Lyle of Huntington Prep poses for a portrait during the 2014 Spaulding Hoop Hall Classic on December 18, 2014 at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Kelly Kline/Getty Images)
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VIDEO: JaQuan Lyle shows some hops at Ohio State

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With the start of practice also comes the time when photo shoots and other official team happenings occur. Ohio State is doing some photo shoots right now and one involved freshman guard JaQuan Lyle throwing down a slow-motion windmill.

The Buckeyes are hoping the 6-foot-5 Lyle can replace some of the production of departed freshman guard D’Angelo Russell. A former five-star prospect, Lyle has creative passing ability and can also score with his size and skill.

Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle working hard to come back from knee surgery

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Ohio State has to replace the production of D’Angelo Russell this season and they’re hoping that freshman guard JaQuan Lyle can be a part of that solution.

The 6-foot-5 native of Indiana is a big guard like Russell and he comes to the Buckeyes after spending an additional year at prep school at IMG Academy in Florida after falling short of making it into Oregon. During his season at IMG in February, Lyle had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Since recovering from surgery, Lyle has lost 20 pounds and is in much better shape entering the season, according to a report from Gordon Engelhardt of the Evansville Courier-Press.

“I’m a better decision-maker and a lot quicker and faster and have better footwork,” Lyle said in the story. “I’m definitely more explosive. I was athletic, but never the best athlete I could be. I lost 20 pounds and am much more athletic.”

Having a healthy Lyle will be a big part of how Ohio State’s offense might work since he’s a creative player with the ball in his hands. If Lyle’s athleticism has improved, it’s a great sign for the Buckeyes because Lyle is at his best when he can make plays at the rim.

While nobody is expecting Lyle to replicate the sensational freshman season that Russell produced, he could be in line for a good freshman season.

Former Oregon signee JaQuan Lyle verbally commits to Ohio State

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With Shannon Scott being a senior and freshman D’Angelo Russell being projected by some as a lottery pick in June’s NBA Draft should he decide to enter, adding another player capable of handling the basketball would not be a bad idea for Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and his staff. Following the Buckeyes’ win over No. 16 Maryland Thursday night, the program received a verbal commitment from a talented guard who was originally a member of the Class of 2014.

JaQuan Lyle, who originally signed with Oregon but was not admitted to the school, will be a Buckeye next season, as reported by multiple outlets. Lyle, who’s now at IMG Academy, was on an official visit to Ohio State. Lyle was one of two recruits who were denied admission to Oregon during the summer, with forward Ray Kasongo being the other.

And with Oregon dealing with their own issues during the spring that included the dismissal of three players, the more stringent standards weren’t much of a surprise.

Among the other schools considered by Lyle, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, were Oregon, LSU and Missouri, and he becomes the fifth commitment in the Class of 2015 for Ohio State. Lyle joins guards Austin Grandstaff and A.J. Harris, and forwards Mickey Mitchell and Daniel Giddens as players who have committed to Ohio State.

Lyle first committed to Louisville in June 2013, reopening his recruitment three months later.

Oregon head coach Dana Altman: ‘We have had a bad year and we do have to address that’

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For Oregon head coach Dana Altman, four 20-plus win seasons and two consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament have been overshadowed by the growing list of off-the-court issues involving members of his basketball team.

In the spring, three players — Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin — were all accused of sexual assault by a female student. While no charges were filed, all three were dismissed from school and are barred from campus for the next four years. Austin, who transferred midway through last year, had a been accused of sexual assault at his previous school, Providence.

Sine late July, Ray Kasongo and JaQuan Lyle, two Oregon commits, failed to enroll into school. Just this past week, Elgin Cook and Jalil Abdul-Bassit, two of the three returning scholarship players, were cited for shoplifting.

MORE: Oregon one of five teams on the decline in 2014-2015

On Thursday, after months of turmoil within his program, Altman spoke to reporters.

“We have had a bad year, and we do have to address that,” Altman said, via Austin Meek, columnist for the Register-Guard.

According to Meek, Altman has altered the team’s living arrangements. The Ducks are required to live across from the Matthew Knight Arena, in the same apartment complex as the graduate assistants. Whether or not those changes occurred after the Oct. 5 shoplifting incident was not stated.

With only nine scholarship players — just one standing taller than 6-foot-7 — the Ducks are in for an uphill battle in 2014-2015. It’s something Altman, who has exceeded on-the-floor expectations before at Oregon, will have to do again in Year 4, as he needs to also restore the image of the program in the process.

Oregon begins the season on Nov. 14 against Coppin State.

Former Oregon signee headed to IMG Academy

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6-foot-5 guard JaQuan Lyle, a talented player with the ability to operate both on and off the basketball, was expected to give Oregon a much-needed boost on the perimeter this season. However Lyle was one of two Oregon signees (the other being forward Ray Kasongo) not admitted to the school, leaving the Ducks short on perimeter depth after an offseason that included the dismissal of three players expected to help in that area.

But while Kasongo ultimately decided to go the junior college route that won’t be the case for Lyle, who has moved on to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida according to N.D, Kendrick.

Lyle will spend this semester at IMG. After that, it remains to be seen what the next move for Lyle will be. Does he attempt to join a college program mid-year? According to a report from Adam Zagoria that is a possibility, with a mid-year move to Oregon or another school (if released from the NLI he signed to attend Oregon) among Lyle’s options.

Five-star freshman JaQuan Lyle removed from Oregon roster

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For the second time in the span of a month, Oregon is looking at having a member of their 2014 recruiting class denied admission into the university.

JaQuan Lyle, a five-star guard from Indiana, was removed from the Oregon roster late on Tuesday night. This is not a total shock, as there have been concerns about whether or not Lyle would suit up for the Ducks this season. Ray Kasongo, a three-star big man from Canada, was denied admission earlier this summer.

According to Jeff Rabjohns, who covers recruiting in Indiana, where Lyle is from, the Ducks have not yet made a final decision on whether or not Lyle will be admitted into the school, while ZagsBlog.com is painting a bleaker picture.

“Something in the admission process is where the hangup is,” a source told the website. “I wouldn’t expect him to be part of the team, at least for now.”

After news spread on Tuesday night, Lyle tweeted, “I’m good, y’all! I promise, just wait!!”

Losing Lyle would be a massive blow to an Oregon team that is already going to struggle to compete for an NCAA tournament berth this season. Joseph Young, who could end up being a first-team all-Pac 12 player, is back, as is big man Elgin Cook. But the rest of their roster — which only includes seven more scholarship players — is made up of newcomers or guys that didn’t play much last season.