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Nice way to kick off the first day of business in the A-10! He's also listed as a 4-star and #88 overall player in CBSSports.com's 2013 Top 100.

Jeff Borzello (CBSSports):
https://twitter.com/jeffborzello/status/219501881083441152
Jairus Lyles is a really good pickup for VCU. Top-100 guard, can really score, gets to the rim.
Jon Rothstein (CBS):
https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/219501556452700160
VCU w a big splash on the day it officially joins the A-10. People will see after the summer circuit just how good Jairus Lyles really is.
Evan Daniels (Scout):
https://twitter.com/EvanDanielsFOX/status/219497050620956673
Keith Stevens tells Scout that Jairus Lyles is headed to VCU. Great pick up for Shaka Smart and the Rams
Dave Telep (ESPN):
https://twitter.com/DaveTelep/status/219496493499957249
VCU caps strong A10 backcourt class with Jairus Lyles of DeMatha and Team Takeover.
Paul Biancardi (ESPN):
https://twitter.com/PaulBiancardi/status/219496370598449152
Jairus Lyles a shooting guard from DeMatha Catholic just committed to VCU. . Speed is a big part of his game! Will create Havoc.
Eric Bossi (Rivals):
https://twitter.com/ebosshoops/status/219502908067151872
Should have known better than to try and fit in a movie on a day before no contact period. Jairus Lyles is a good pickup for VCU.
Brian Snow (Scout) and Hoopniks:
https://twitter.com/Hoopniks/status/219497234557960192
Top 100 player, speedy point guard [email protected]: Jairus Lyles has popped for VCU, huge pick up for the Rams
Matthew Hatfield (VirginiaPreps.com)
https://twitter.com/hatfieldsports/status/219519123963650050
Big get for #VCU basketball in DeMatha product Jairus Lyles - got to watch him play and he's talented. Will fit in well in the A-10.
 

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Nice recruiting job by Coach Smart and good for the league. I think the a10 is soon going to be shedding the "mid" from its label.
 

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They completely re-did the grading system this year. Lyles was a 3-star and 91 under the old grading scale.

Look at all the recruits for the 2013 class onwards, you'll notice the grading scale has changed:

2013 ESPN Top 100: http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings/_/order/true

90+ grades are now reserved for only 5-star recruits while 80+ grades are now reserved only for 4-star recruits.

Dave Telep has revamped the system due to his idea that ESPN had been inflating recruiting grades for a number of years prior to his move over from Scout.com.
 

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They completely re-did the grading system this year. Lyles was a 3-star and 91 under the old grading scale.

Look at all the recruits for the 2013 class onwards, you'll notice the grading scale has changed:

2013 ESPN Top 100: http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/playerrankings/_/order/true

90+ grades are now reserved for only 5-star recruits while 80+ grades are now reserved only for 4-star recruits.

Dave Telep has revamped the system due to his idea that ESPN had been inflating recruiting grades for a number of years prior to his move over from Scout.com.
Okay cool. This makes a hell of a lot more sense now. Just weird to see it happen and not have any retroactive grading in there.

The new grading scales makes a lot more sense...I always wondered why 2-star recruits were being rated in the 80s.
 

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Shaka Smart is probably my favorite coach in college basketball. Doesn't surprise me that he gets good players. BigE or someone mentioned that DK was borrowing heavily from Smart's defensive schemes. Don't know the veracity of that but I do know that the VCU team from two years ago was one of my favorite defensive teams of all time.
 

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Shaka Smart is probably my favorite coach in college basketball. Doesn't surprise me that he gets good players. BigE or someone mentioned that DK was borrowing heavily from Smart's defensive schemes. Don't know the veracity of that but I do know that the VCU team from two years ago was one of my favorite defensive teams of all time.
It's very true. Kellogg's new system heavily borrows from VCU:

http://www.masslive.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/11/umass_basketball_team_promises.html

As he begins his fourth season, coach Derek Kellogg has officially junked dribble drive motion offense.

His team will feature a conventional fast-break attack, and will press as much as possible on defense.

Kellogg spent the offseason, brainstorming with fellow coaches and studying the style of Virginia Commonwealth, a mid-major team that went to the Final Four.

He is not predicting such lofty success at UMass. In fact, he's not really predicting anything except improvement and a more cohesive approach.

"I think we can be similar in style to the guys (VCU has),'' Kellogg said.
http://dailycollegian.com/2011/11/10/new-offense-will-tap-into-umass’-athleticism/

The new scheme is an up-tempo style that incorporates more ball screens, substitutions and possessions in the post. The goal is to create mismatches in the Minutemen’s favor, while also applying constant pressure with fresh legs.

Kellogg spent the summer watching tape and talking to other coaches through the recruitment period to learn more about the execution of the offense as he prepared to make the switch. He acknowledged that former UMass coach and current Kentucky coach John Calipari, Miami’s Jim Larranaga and Cornell’s Bill Courtney helped him through the process.

Perhaps the biggest influence came from the play of Virginia Commonwealth in last year’s NCAA tournament, as the Rams reached the Final Four featuring a similar style of offense.

“I liked the way that VCU played in the tournament and also throughout the year,” said Kellogg. “I thought they’re similar to us in style and the type of guys they have so I’ve taken some of their press philosophy and also some of their offensive style.”

With the frequent substitutions, Kellogg is calling on his players to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the “brotherhood.”

The change in scheme has also brought excitement to the team, especially to the post players, who should see more touches in the new system.
 

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Hey we took one away from Travis Ford too, which should give the UMass fans some added satisfaction!

Shaka Smart’s rapidly ascending VCU program has taken the NCAA by storm. And now, it’s growing ripples have reached Stillwater.

Jairus Lyles, a highly coveted 2013 shooting guard from Hyattsville, Md., committed to the Rams on Sunday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Lyles had plenty of interest across the country, but a standing offer and mutual interest from Oklahoma State, one of the school’s considered to be the favorite to land him.

It’s not a huge loss for Travis Ford, who has put together back-to-back solid classes, but it was one of his top targets in the 2013 group.
http://blog.newsok.com/osu/2012/07/02/osu-basketball-cowboys-lose-out-on-coveted-recruit/

Dave Telep also wrote a pretty lengthy free ESPNInsider post about Lyles commitment to VCU and what it means for VCU going into the A-10: http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/dave-telep/post?id=1625&_slug_=lyles-fits-with-a-10s-newest-addition
 

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Lyles moved into Scout.com's new 2013 top 100 rankings today. He comes in at 4-stars (#24 SG) and #99 overall in the 2013 class: http://scouthoops.scout.com/a.z?s=75&p=9&c=4&cfg=bb&pid=88&yr=2013

Rivals also released their new 2013 Rivals150 rankings and he moved up 2 spots to #145 in the class: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruiting/rankings/rank-2752?sct=hs_t12_a2&sct=cb_t11_a2

He's also considered a top-100 guy by CBSSports (4-stars, #88 overall: http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/recruiting/player-rankings/2013 ) and Recruit Recon (4-stars, #80 overall: http://www.recruitrecon.com/index.php?option=com_recruit&task=ranking)

In the above ESPN article, Dave Telep calls Lyles a fringe top 100 guy as an undersized 2 guard. It will be interesting to see if he can play his way into the top 100 when it's all said and done since DeMatha graduates James Robinson (Pitt) and Jerami Grant (Syracuse) and Lyles will be running the squad and feeding BeeJay Anya next year.
 

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Hey we took one away from Travis Ford too, which should give the UMass fans some added satisfaction!



http://blog.newsok.com/osu/2012/07/02/osu-basketball-cowboys-lose-out-on-coveted-recruit/

Dave Telep also wrote a pretty lengthy free ESPNInsider post about Lyles commitment to VCU and what it means for VCU going into the A-10: http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/dave-telep/post?id=1625&_slug_=lyles-fits-with-a-10s-newest-addition
That does give me some added satisfaction to be honest. Get those guys in the A10.


Though I suppose I shouldn't be too bitter, were it not for Ford leaving when he did we probably wouldn't have gotten Kellogg.
 

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There's a nice Washington Post article on his commitment today: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...ommits-to-vcu/2012/07/03/gJQAIwd9KW_blog.html

DeMatha point guard Jairus Lyles was sitting in VCU Coach Shaka Smart’s office on Saturday when the Rams coached offered him a scholarship.

“I was like, ‘Wow,’ ” said Lyles, a rising senior. “I was waiting for that offer.”

By that point, Lyles had made up his mind about where he wanted to go. A week prior he had gone down to the Richmond campus to play for the coaches. And after an unofficial visit and observing the VCU team practice, Lyles said he felt like VCU was home.

So when Smart extended the offer, Lyles excitedly committed. One day later, he made the decision public.

“I’ve been talking to my mom, she liked the school as much as me,” Lyles said. “So the decision was easy for us.”
Lyles also had an offer from Oklahoma State and said he was also considering Dayton, William & Mary, Towson, U-Mass, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Penn State.
 

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You would have to ask the coaches recruiting him that.

I'm betting that being an undersized guard/tweener at 6'1 as a SG probably gave high majors pause as far as not having a defined position at the next level. It's also pretty early since the July evaluation period hasn't started yet and a lot of programs wait until then to offer. He was also pretty inconsistent early on in the season before coming on in the latter half of the year.

If he can play (which the recruiting gurus say he can), I'm happy to have him. More importantly, Shaka Smart thinks he can play for VCU, and he's a pretty good judge of talent given what we've seen from his recruiting classes so far.
 

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I dont think his size has much to do with lack of offers. Maybe from majors, but not overall. There are average recruits with multiple offers from schools like Robert Morris, Northern Illinois, William & Mary, BU, Delaware, James Madison, Towson, Fairfield, Holy Cross, etc. I just think it's strange that a guy with only two offers listed doesn't have mid-major and low-major offers listed too. Especially since there are so many schools in the mid atlantic near DC/MD/VA. I've never heard of Lyles, so I didn't follow his recruitment at all. Maybe he had those offers listed previously.
 

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Possibly. Tough to say unless you're privy to his recruitment what the deal was with the offers. At the end of the day, it's not that important if the kid can play.
 

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http://www.nbebasketball.com/w3/2012-0703/mernagh-sina-and-lyles-make-big-calls/

Lyles Pops for VCU:
Another big commitment came a day or two before Sina’s when DeMatha guard Jairus Lyles popped for VCU and Shaka Smart. Lyles impressed us multiple times last season as a high major scoring guard with big play potential. Lyles’ commitment is just a shot across the bow of anyone who thought Smart and VCU were somehow going to slow their roll as they enter the A-10 a year ahead of schedule. The Rams will compete and contend from day one in the new league. They bring back a ton from last year’s successful squad, and adding Lyles, a top-100 kid in his class, shows that VCU intends to build on the plethora of talent they already have at their disposal.
 
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