Report: VCU transfer Jairus Lyles headed to Robert Morris

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Robert Morris has received a commitment from VCU transfer Jairus Lyles, according to a report from

Lyles, a product of DeMatha HS (Md.), saw limited minutes in his one season with the Rams, averaging just 2.6 minutes and seeing action in just 22 games.

Lyles was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2013, according to He will have to sit out the 2014-2015 season, but when he does get eligible he will be able to play three seasons for the Colonials.

VCU freshman Jairus Lyles to transfer

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VCU freshman guard Jairus Lyles will transfer, the school announced on Monday. The 6-foot-2 guard out of DeMatha only played in 22 games and averaged 2.6 minutes per game during his freshman campaign.

Lyles struggled to find his shot during his freshman season as he went 2-for-20 for the season and 1-for-8 from the three-point line.

The Rams have so much depth returning at guard next season that Lyles would have had a tough time cracking the rotation for Shaka Smart’s team.

Treveon Graham, Briante Weber, and JeQuan Lewis all played significant minutes in the VCU backcourt and return next season and Lyles didn’t look very close to contributing in the Atlantic 10 based on the way he played last season.

DeMatha guard Jairus Lyles reportedly commits to VCU

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Coach Shaka Smart got his first commitment to begin his official reign as a coach of an Atlantic-10 school.

Virginia Commonwealth, expedited to the A-10 at the conclusion of the season, grabbed a commitment from 2013 DeMatha guard Jairus Lyles.

The news was first reported by and was later confirmed by other outlets.

“He’s explosive, he can shoot, he can drive, he’s athletic, he can defend,” DeMatha coach Mike Jones has said of Lyles. “He’s one of the leaders on the team in assists. He’s going through the transition of being a full-time shooting guard to being a part-time shooting guard, part-time point guard.”

Lyles joins guard JeQuan Lewis in the Class of 2013, locking in two pieces of the Ram backcourt of the future.

Lyles is a 6-1, 165-pound combo guard who has worked as both a point guard and shooting guard for DeMatha. Alongside Pittsburgh commit James Robinson in the backcourt for the Stags this season, he helped DeMatha to a 30-6 record, including 11-3 in the league.

On the summer circuit, Lyles plays for the powerhouse Team Takeover DC program.

Smart’s 2013 class follows a 2012 class that was headlined by forward Jordan Burgess.

The Rams begin their first season in the Atlantic-10 in 2012-13, having joined the league with Butler.

Virginia Commonwealth finished with an overall record of 29-7 this past season, including 15-3 in the CAA.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_