Lyles fits with A-10's newest addition 

July, 2, 2012
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Shaka Smart’s Virginia Commonwealth Rams wasted no time in moving into their new digs in the Atlantic 10. There’s no grace period, no time to prepare a roster for the new league. The Rams decided to debut “Havoc” in the A-10 this season. With the CAA in its rear-view mirror, Smart’s program jumped into the deep end of the big-boy pool.

The good news for Smart and his staff is that VCU enters the A-10 with a roster capable of competing in the new league. Smart stocked his cupboard with talent and whether it was the CAA or the A-10, his program was ready. However, the human side of college basketball coaches shows itself at times like this. College coaches get incredibly greedy when it comes to the addition of new talent. Smart’s intelligent and as much in tune with his recruiting and player preferences as anyone in his peer group. The simple fact of his strategy of “Havoc” means he’s got to have guys that fit and guys that are upper-tier talents to remain in the upper tier of his new league.

Enter shooting guard Jairus Lyles (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha). As of Sunday, he’s the newest Ram and you’d be hard pressed to find a happier, more content commitment. I saw Lyles three times since December and the word that crept into every evaluation was “speed.”