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The pool of top 25 players available from the class of 2014 shrunk by 50 percent Wednesday night. The nation's No. 22 player JaQuan Lyle made his college decision leaving Myles Turner as the only remaining elite prospect in the senior class.
A 6-foot-5 combo guard who plays his high school ball at Huntington (W.V.) Prep, Lyle announced Wednesday night that he will be attending Oregon in front of friends and family in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana.
Big and physical, Lyle is a versatile guard who can play multiple spots in the backcourt and he should be physically ready to go at the Pac 12 level.
"He can be an overpowering guard," Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford told Rivals.com. "He can play a couple of different positions. He can play the point or the shooting guard. He has a high IQ and is a great passer and finishes around the basket because he uses his size.
"He's going to be a really good college combo guard because he can use his IQ. His best thing is his passing. JaQuan can really see the floor and he's a very willing and unselfish passer."
Currently ranked No. 22 in the class of 2014, Lyle picked the Ducks over finalists Oklahoma State and Memphis. Initially, Lyle had committed to Louisville but he's now set to play his ball in Eugene.
While he is quite talented, there will be areas of his game that he needs to tighten up before he takes a college floor.
"I think it is making sure he is getting his body right," said Fulford. "He was in great shape before Christmas break and he came back with some extra weight. It's a constant battle. His weight fluctuates a lot so he's going to have to take diet and nutrition seriously.
"Game wise he is going to have to be comfortable coming off of screens and shooting. He can shoot but he's more comfortable sizing people up like a Carmelo or shooting off a jab step or dribble instead of curling off a screen for a catch and shoot."
Lyle is currently rated a five-star prospect and his commitment will help to bolster an already strong Ducks class that was rated No. 24 after the early signing period in November. He joins four-star junior college players Dwayne Benjamin and Michael Chandler, Rivals150 point guard Casey Benson and three-star forward Ray Kasongo.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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