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Five observations: National Prep Showcase

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- One of the unofficial markers to the start of the college basketball season is the National Prep Showcase, which features the best prep schools from the New England area and around the country. While many of the top guys are committed or signed, there were plenty of noteworthy items.

1. A couple of months ago, it was expected that JaQuan Lyle would be playing for Oregon right now. Instead, he's enrolled at IMG Academy (Fla.) after being denied admission to Oregon. Lyle, who was ranked No. 42 in the 2014 class, has reopened his recruitment and is going through the process once again.

"It was real hectic at the beginning, but I've slowed it down a bit," Lyle said. "I want to take a couple more officials, then decide in late January or early February."

He recently took a trip to LSU, the same weekend No. 1 prospect Ben Simmons and five-star Antonio Blakeney (No. 14) were on campus. Ohio State, Xavier, Indiana and Missouri are also in the mix -- along with Oregon (Lyle will be eligible for admission after this school year). The Ducks sent head coach Dana Altman and all three assistants to Lyle's game on Saturday night, when the 6-foot-4 guard scored 35 points.

"I just opened it back up to make sure I made the right decision for myself," Lyle said. "I really love Oregon. I love the facilities, coaching staff, everything about it. They have an advantage right now, but I gotta take it day by day."