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West Lafayette guard doesn't lack strength for sure

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 2:18 pm

INDIANAPOLIS - The News-Sentinel sports staff spent the week covering the happenings of the annual adidas Invitational, which features some of the top prep basketball players in the country.

We will be compiling profiles of a number of athletes. Here is another in the series:




West Lafayette High School


Verbal commitment: San Jose State

>b>Jonathan's take: The first thing you notice with Carlisle is how strong he is on the court. He works out with his father, Duane Carlisle, who is the strength and conditioning coach for Purdue football, so it is no surprise he stands out in this department.

Carlisle also showcases an overall sound game. He doesn't necessarily have one particularly stellar attribute, but there isn't any weakness that stands out either. He has no issues with pressure well when handling the ball, looks for his teammates offensively and can get into the lane and the rim. When he does attack, he uses his strength well to fight through contact.

The defensive pressure he puts on the ball is perhaps one of his best attributes. He gets into his defenders and doesn't allow them to get by him. He could potentially develop into a lockdown defender at the collegiate level.

Carlisle could use some work on his outside shooting and finishing at the rim, but he isn't far off. If he ever develops a go-to offensive move to pair with his strength and defense, he will be a recruit to watch for in his class.

On things he is focused on improving: “Better IQ mostly, more athletic, better shooter, better dribbler, just overall better game.”

On his defensive prowess: “Just trying to stay in front of my man and

help my team get a better possession on defense and maybe get a steal or a stop.”

On his strength: “It helps, definitely. It helps also because usually basketball players are smaller, so I can use my strength as an advantage.”