Video: Jaquan Lyle in his first sectional game

PRINCETON, Ind. — Jaquan Lyle played like a freshman during the first half of Tuesday’s sectional opener against Boonville. No way around it — he was timid and had trouble getting into a flow within the offense.

His play improved during the second half, though, and he finished with six points and seven assists in Evansville Bosse’s 72-58 win against Boonville in the first round of the Princeton sectional.

“He was very nervous,” Bosse coach Shane Burkhart said. “And you can’t do anything but understand from a coaching standpoint. Good gravy, he’s 14. Just turned 15. You can’t expect him to come out all the time and do what’s right.”

Lyle did not score during the first half and had only one assist. But he responded, finding his teammates throughout the second half and then making two jump shots of his own (plus a free throw). He wasn’t throwing up every shot he could either — he was 2-of-5 from the field.

The 6-foot-4 Lyle played everything from point guard in power forward. In some respects, he is similar to Lawrence Central junior Jeremy Hollowell, who likes the Evan Turner comparison himself. Lyle is long and lanky enough to go inside and play against teams (especially smaller ones like Boonville) but also has the guard skills to work on the perimeter.

“He wasn’t in the flow of the game and he’s such an intelligent player that he can find other avenues to help us and he did a very nice job of doing that offensively,” Burkhart said.

Burkhart, to his credit, has made it a point to ground Lyle as much as it possible to ground him — the freshman already has offers from Indiana and Illinois, and Ohio State recently showed up in Evansville to scout him. To that end, Lyle is not available to talk with the media.

“He’s doing a great job but man it’s tough,” Burkhart said. “You got people calling you, you got people wanting to do this and this for you and you got everybody on your shoulders, it is kinda like the weight of the world. Sometimes, I tell him to just turn his phone off. Turn his Internet off.

“Just be a kid. If he continues to just be a kid, basketball is going to take care of itself.”

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He continued.

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