Recap Of AAU Action In Fort Wayne, Ind.


The Boiling Point: AAU action in Fort Wayne yields plenty to talk about.’s Dave Telep and John Stovall broke down all the action from the weekend’s Spiece Run N’ Slam AAU Tournament that took place in Fort Wayne, Ind., during the weekend. One Purdue recruiting target caught their eye, as well as Purdue and Indiana’s recent charge at gaining underclassmen commitments.

2014 point guard Jaquan Lyle was the recruit who their “Players to Watch” list. Here’s what they had to say about the 6-foot-4, 185-pounder out of Evansville Bosse.

"Taking into account this was our first weekend’s worth of viewings and he’s only a freshman, we’ll paint you a picture. He’s got good size ala Kyle Anderson (not as tall) and has a feel and passing ability, which blends Anderson with Shaun Livingston. Neither were great shooters and he’s not yet either, but we saw a distributor who was good from midrange and to the rim against players in his age group. Easily one of the most impressive underclassmen at the event."

Purdue has been and will continue to heavily recruit Lyle.

Telep has also noticed the massive amount of early commitments for Indiana and Purdue. The two schools have a combined 17 recruits from juniors, sophomores and freshmen and 15 of those were on rosters at the Spiece event. Because of injuries, 12 of them saw the floor.

But here’s what concerned Telep.

"However, not a single committed player to either school was on a team that won a championship at Spiece. Indiana Elite started three future Hoosiers and lost in the semis to All-Iowa Attack, a team that has four high-major caliber players. The Eric Gordon All-Stars played in the U-16 division and started two Indiana commits and a Boilermakers pledge but didn’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs.We’ve made it a theme this year to bring up the risks of early commitments. There’s a risk on the school because once the program takes players early, it may want to pursue better players later in the process, but may be out of scholarships. There’s also the risk of the players getting complacent once the decision-making process ends. No matter the reason, risks are involved. Think about the sheer number of early commitments by these two schools alone. Seventeen is a significant number and it means a huge chunk of their recruiting is finished for the upcoming years."

So far, Purdue has eight of those 17 commitments Telep talks about.