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What will JaQuan Lyle Bring to the Bucks?

By now you've probably heard - after a surprising blowout of the reeling-but-still-ranked Maryland Terrapins at home, 4-star shooting guard JaQuan Lyle gave Thad Matta his verbal commitment. D'Angelo Russell broke the news via Instagram - O brave new world indeed...

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Besides drama, of course. JaQuan's recruitment has been a roller coaster ride from the beginning. After initially committing to the Louisville Cardinals, Lyle signed on to be an Oregon Duck. However, due to his history of high school - related primarily to personal conduct or academics depending on who you ask - Lyle was not admitted to the Ducks and has been spending a postgraduate season at IMG Academy.

Well, talent for one. No one has ever disputed Lyle's ability to play the game. At 6'5" he's a big shooting guard that shouldn't need too much adjustment to get his shot off at the collegiate level. When he committed to Louisville he was the 15th ranked prospect in 247 Sports' composite rankings. Now, he sits at a still-quite-respectable 38. Some of that drop has been attributed to his failure to display that he can develop into a point guard at the next level, but this is still a guy that has tremendous ability to score and abnormally strong vision for a shooting guard.

Which Ohio State will need sorely next season. After losing Shannon Scott and, most likely, D'Angelo Russell to graduation and the NBA draft respectively, Ohio State will need help facilitating the offense from the guard spots. Between Scott and Russell, Ohio State will be losing nearly 12 assists per game and JaQuan will likely be the biggest or one of the biggest pieces of the committee looking to replace all of that production. Kam Williams and fellow 2015 recruit AJ Harris will likely be featured alongside Lyle in the back court.

With one of the sweetest strokes in the 2015 class, a higher level of physical maturity thanks to being a bit older than the typical freshman, and prototypical size at either guard spot, Lyle should be a big-time player for Ohio State in short order. And he'll need to be to fill D'Angelo Russell's shoes but if he can come close to Russell's outstanding production Thad Matta should be pretty pleased - next year's Ohio State team doesn't figure to be so guard-dominated with players like Daniel Giddens and Trevor Thompson in the front court.