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A former point guard himself, Gators coach Billy Donovan knows a little something about coaching the position. He has led his share of playmakers who were given free reign over the offense and carved out solid college careers in the process. Names like Jason "White Chocolate" Williams, Taurean Green, Nick Calathes and Erving Walker.
The Gators are also entering a rich vein of recruiting, with the 2013 class highlighted by top-10 prospects Kasey Hill and Chris Walker. Lyle could potentially team with a pair of All-Americans as a freshman, should both stay for a second year (and if Walker's eligibility can get worked out in time).
Both of those advantages, strong as they are, could easily work against the Gators as they seek Lyle's services.
While Donovan can coach productive college point guards, Williams was the only one of the aforementioned names to produce in the NBA. Donovan has turned out many more pro forwards than guards, though he's been able to land blue-chip studs at every position. Raise your hand if you foresee former top-15 recruit Kenny Boynton being a long-term NBA prospect.
Now, Hill could change Donovan's fortunes in that regard, but he's also more likely than Walker to return as a sophomore. That would put him on the same depth chart with Lyle. Since Lyle stands 6'5" to Hill's 6'1", Lyle could start at a wing position, showing off combo guard skills.
In that scenario, though, Lyle's development as a point guard will be dependent on Hill's. If Hill is a three- or four-year player, Lyle will miss out on time to show the scouts that he can run an offense.
Finally, there's distance. Lyle told CBS Sports that UCLA was dropped from his list because Los Angeles was too far away for his mother and grandmother to travel to watch him play. Gainesville is a drive of nearly 11 hours from Evansville.
Donovan will need to sell ice to an Eskimo if he's going to talk Mom and Grandma into blessing JaQuan to play for Florida.