Alternate Title: The Recrap
After one of the biggest recruiting weekends since Miller, Bello, and Behanan, the recruiting picture has become much more solid.
Montrezl Harrell (2012)
Montrezl Harrell (2012)
|6-0/160||None||Yes||Committed to Florida|
(St. Benedict Prep)
|6-2/175||Med||Yes||Arizona, Florida, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Rice, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, UCLA, Villanova, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia|
(Terry Parker HS)
|5-11/165||Med||No||Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Tennessee|
UCLA, Baylor, California, Gonzaga, Louisville, Oregon State, Texas, Washington, Washington State
Things have changed at the Point Guard spot, though only slightly. There has been a bit of news though, as Tyler Ennis, the five star point guard from NY, is strongly considering the Cards. Is Syracuse still the favorite to land his services? Absolutely. But make no mistake, Rick Pitino is pushing hard for Ennis. I wouldn't say a commit is a longshot, but at the same time, I wouldn't say that we're the team to beat. But if you put a gun to my head, I'd say we're in second place as of now.
Zach LaVine is a name that you may not have heard about. In all honesty, I didn't know that we were recruiting him at all until a few weeks back. He listed A top 2 of UCLA and Louisville "in that order." His dad is a SoCal guy, so they have connections to that area. But if Terry Rozier doesn't qualify (and attempts to be stupid and go through the clearinghouse) and Syracuse pulls too far ahead for Ennis, expect RP to put the full-court press on for LaVine. Unless he prefers POINT GUARD RUSS.
(St. John Bosco HS)
|6-4/175||Med||Yes||Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisville, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, Washington|
|6-4/175||Med||No||Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis, Miami (Fl), Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech|
(De Soto HS)
|6-4/170||None||Yes||Committed to Duke|
|6-4/180||Verbal||Yes||Committed to Louisville|
|6-2/170||Med||No||Butler, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, Xavier|
JaJuan Johnson, ****, 35 overall, #8 SG, High Interest
You may remember JaJuan Johnson from reports about the visitors to campus this weekend. He came away thoroughly impressed and appears to be very interested in Louisville. He has since guaranteed that Louisville will be in his top 5. He is the guy to watch here. He's 6'5", with long arms, and can both shoot the ball and take it to the bucket. So, he's a prototypical Pitino player.
I was VERY suprised a few days ago to learn that Sindarius Thornwell was not a major target for the Louisville Cardinals. That was shocking because he's like Johnson and Gill- a tall, long armed shooter that can take it to the bucket. He is a five star player and incredibly talented. Maybe he isn't interested in Louisville, contrary to what was reported in April, but if he is, this is a bad call by Rick. Though I doubt we'd stop pursuing him if he were interested. Hamilton will be staying out west, Darryl Baker is not a Louisville level prospect, and Matt Jones is committed to Duke.
(Simeon Vocational HS)
|6-7/215||Med||Yes||BYU, Connecticut, DePaul, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State, Washington|
(Mary Persons HS)
|6-6/185||None||Yes||Committed to Kansas|
|6-6/165||Med||No||Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami (Fl), Missouri, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Xavier|
Dorian Finney-Smith, *****, 2011 class transfer, must sit out 2012-2013 season, High Interest; Also recruiting- Florida, Texas, Iowa State
Jordan Mickey, *****, SF/PF, High Interest Parker
You all know about DFS. He recently finished up his visit, and the visit was a success. That said, he probably won't commit right away. You know about his versatile skillset, his 6'8" size, and his coachability. The main competition here is Florida and Texas, in that order. As of today, he does not have a visit scheduled to either. If this holds, then Louisville is in absolutely fantastic shape to land him. If not, however, then you may start to get nervous about his recruitment. Florida was the favorite out of the gate, but Louisville has Kevin Keatts and Montrezl Harrell. That could tip the scales, but if he takes a trip down to Gainesville, there is a bad omen for the Cards.
The other big time target here is Jordan Mickey. He is more of an inside player, but wants to play the three. RP is recruiting him as a three, and him and his parents do really like that. He called the visit to Louisville "tough to follow" and we seem to be in good shape here. We'll press for him if we do not get DFS.
The others are insignificant at this point in time.
(Pope John XXIII HS)
|6-9/205||Med||Yes||Baylor, Cincinnati, Florida, Fordham, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Rutgers, Saint John's (NY), SMU, Syracuse, UNLV|
(Madison Preparatory Academy)
Baton Rouge, LA
|6-8/215||Med||No||Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, Georgetown, Louisville, LSU, Marquette, Memphis, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, West Virginia|
(Northwest Catholic HS)
West Hartford, CT
|6-8/190||Med||No||Arizona, Connecticut, Georgetown, Kentucky, Louisville, Rutgers, Saint John's (NY), Seton Hall, Villanova|
(Gonzaga College HS)
|6-5/235||Med||No||Clemson, Georgetown, Louisville, Miami (Fl), Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Carolina, Villanova, West Virginia, Xavier|
|6-8/225||Med||No||Cincinnati, Georgetown, Illinois, Louisville, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, UCLA, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Xavier|
(Monsignor Pace HS)
|6-8/175||Med||No||Louisville, Miami (Fl), Ohio State, South Carolina, Syracuse|
(Jones County HS)
|6-9/220||Med||No||Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, South Carolina|
(Bullitt East HS)
Mount Washington, KY
|6-9/200||None||Yes||Committed to Kentucky|
Montrezl Harrell (2012, COMMITTED)
First, I would invite you all to laugh for a while about Derek Willis. We actually cared about landing this kid a few months ago, and UK fans brag about him being better than Gill. I guess Cal's master plan to show up Rick blew up in his face after all. Karma.
Anyway, there has been little good news in the last month about Power Forwards, until yesterday. You can probably consider Jordan Mickey both a SF and PF, so I guess that there has been good news. But by the day, we're looking to be in worse and worse shape with Jarrell Martin. We may have impressed him a lot, but Johnny Jones and Anthony Dixon can both recruit. Martin seems to want to stay in the deep south. I believe that he will be a Tiger.
Jermaine Lawrence may very well be the most intriguing player on the board. He jumped from and unranked three star to number 15 in the country, and a five star, after a crazy good spring. Louisville was one of the first teams in on him. So... why is this kid such a longshot. Simple answer: Quincy Miller 2.0. His recruitment is not the type that we excel in. He has lots of handlers who like steer him in a certain direction, and often times, players like him are steered toward Nike or get bad advice, and go to a place like Baylor where they think they'll be a part of an NBA factory. Louisville excels with level headed players and parents who know that RP is the guy who will push you farthest, even if it's not as cushy as one of the NBA factories.
Plus, Harrell will probably scare these guys away from competition anyway.
(Dematha Catholic HS)
|6-8/255||Med||Yes||Florida, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Texas, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia|
(West Charlotte HS)
|6-8/255||Med||Yes||Clemson, Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (Fl), North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech|
Saxtons River, VT
|6-9/240||Med||No||Baylor, Florida, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas|
(New Albany/S.Tippah/Union Co.)
New Albany, MS
Arkansas, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State
Think back to last month... Good times, right? We were in the mix for Woodson, Meeks, Jimmie Taylor, and Moses Kingsley, the top 8 were strong, everything was good. Back to reality. As far as the C position goes, we are in very, very dire straits. Let's start with Kingsley. He's about the only target left here. Everyone was wrong. We have serious ground to make up on Florida and Arkansas. It's nothing that can't be accomplished, but we don't have much going on here. It'll be a fight to the finish to land him.
Woodson and Meeks... we've backed off of them. I don't think that RP was impressed with watching Meeks play. He still has not lost more weight, and he played poorly during evals. Slashed. Dominic Woodson was dismissed from his prep school. Crossed out. Jimmie Taylor committed to Alabama. Erased. So... I think we'd all better get happy with Zach Price.
One thing to note is that Karviar Shepherd of Texas will be visiting Louisville next month.
Tyler Ennis is a distinct possibility
JaJuan Johnson and Jordan Mickey appear to have heavy interest in Louisville
Doe-Doe will determine the direction the 2013 class takes
PFs are not available at this time
Center is in very dire straits, lots of ground to make up for Kingsley
Now, the ever-changing predictions...
This one is probably the toughest one to go with so far. Louisville's plans have been drastically altered by Harrell. Plans could change even more if DFS decides to join the Cards.
Tyler Ennis/Zach Lavine
If we strike out on Ennis, LaVine is the probable replacement. Mickey will probably only join the Cards if Doe-Doe becomes a Gator.
So, thanks for reading and on to the poll of the month...
Do you believe that Dorian Finney-Smith is the necessary component to the blockbuster class that Rick needs? Thanks for reading, and Go Cards.