Amid swirling rumors, heavily-touted point guard JaQuan Lyle (5-Star/Huntington, WV/Rivals150) made his college decision public last Wednesday naming Oregon as his future destination. One of the last nationally-ranked five stars to commit, Lyle left no doubt at the press conference mic.
“Next year, I’m going to attend the University of Oregon …”
Lyle, standing 6-foot-5 and tipping the scales at 215 lbs., is an NBA-ready shooter with a versatility streak to boot. With the departures of seniors Johnathan Loyd and Jason Calliste, Lyle’s entry into the Ducks rotation gains even more importance. Look for Lyle to make an immediate impact and give the returning Dominic Artis a tough battle for significant playing time.
Last Thursday, long time Oregon target Russell Ude (4-Star/Atlanta, GA/Rivals100) got the scholarship nod he’s been waiting for when Head Coach Mark Helfrich gathered the troops for a conference call.
“(Helfrich) had the entire staff on the phone and they let me know that Oregon is officially offering me a scholarship to play at Oregon,” said Ude. “… I’m very excited.”
Compared to the likes of Dion Jordan, Ude is very much a student of the past Oregon great.
“I am very familiar with Dion and how he played at Oregon. I watched every highlight of his I could find when he came out last year for the NFL draft. I’ve seen everything out there on him.
“I think it fits (being at Oregon) … they’ll be up there on my list for sure,” added Ude.
At 6-foot-3, 251 lbs., Ude’s quick burst and undeniable strength see him at drop-end when he enters his collegiate years, stay tuned!
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Main photo by Craig Strobeck