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Lyles set to transfer out of VCU

afg_img_rszRising sophomore, Jairus Lyles, will not be returning to VCU next season.

The Damatha High School product averaged just 2.6 minutes per game as a freshman and with a crowded backcourt returning will likely head to a program where he will have an opportunity to play increased minutes.

 “We appreciate the contributions that Jairus has made to our program this past season, ” Head Coach Shaka Smart said in an official VCU release. “We wish nothing but the best as he moves to the next stage in his career.”

With four incoming freshman to only three available roster spots, the writing was on the wall that one person was headed elsewhere. VCU didn’t release details on where Lyles might be headed, but with recent Shaka Smart assistants now head coahces at Mount St. Mary’s (Jamion Christian), Radford (Mike Jones), UT Chattanooga (Will Wade) and most recently Rice (Mike Rhoades), Lyles will likely have a number of solid landing spots to choose from.

A resident of Silver Spring, Marlyand, Lyles came to VCU via Damatha as an ESPN 3-star guard with offers from VCU and Oklahoma State and had interest from a number of other high major programs. The freshman was impressive in VCU’s Black & Gold game but with a crowded backcourt never really had much of a chance to make an impact during the past season in regular season action.

 

About Mat Shelton-Eide

VCU School of the Arts (BFA '07) and Center for Sport Leadership (M.Ed. '10) alumnus, Mat has followed VCU basketball since the Sunbelt days when he'd attend games with his father. Worked as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department for the '09-'10 season, but has covered VCU basketball for VCURamNation.com since 2007. mshelton@vcuramnation.com @MatShelton Like what you're reading and want to know how you can keep VCURamNation.com alive? Make a donation! While we sell advertising on our site, we aren't the best at it, so your donations help us take time away from things like "work" to work on VCURamNation.com. Simply copy this link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BGGHLDSHC7QAW ...and paste it into your browser to make a secure donation through PayPal.

30 comments

  1. It is probably telling that you went with a picture from the Black & Gold scrimmage

  2. We wish him the best.