Jon Rothstein (CBS):Jairus Lyles is a really good pickup for VCU. Top-100 guard, can really score, gets to the rim.
Evan Daniels (Scout):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.
Dave Telep (ESPN):Keith Stevens tells Scout that Jairus Lyles is headed to VCU. Great pick up for Shaka Smart and the Rams
Paul Biancardi (ESPN):VCU caps strong A10 backcourt class with Jairus Lyles of DeMatha and Team Takeover.
Eric Bossi (Rivals):Jairus Lyles a shooting guard from DeMatha Catholic just committed to VCU. . Speed is a big part of his game! Will create Havoc.
Brian Snow (Scout) and Hoopniks: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.
Matthew Hatfield (VirginiaPreps.com)
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.
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.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.
It's very true. Kellogg's new system heavily borrows from VCU: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.
http://dailycollegian.com/2011/11/10/new-offense-will-tap-into-umass’-athleticism/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.
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.
http://blog.newsok.com/osu/2012/07/02/osu-basketball-cowboys-lose-out-on-coveted-recruit/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.
That does give me some added satisfaction to be honest. Get those guys in the A10.Hey we took one away from Travis Ford too, which should give the UMass fans some added satisfaction!
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
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.
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.