We haven't talked about Tyreke Evans here for a while, so, um, let's talk about Tyreke Evans.
With Evans unlikely to make it back to campus this fall (he visited U of L around this time last year), Rick Pitino took matters into his own hands and paid the American Christian star a visit in his Ashton, PA home early last week.
"They already put on the table what they'll do for 'Reke and how they want 'Reke to come in and produce," Tyreke's brother, Reggie Evans said. "They want him to be a freshman and play a lot of minutes and be a big impact for Louisville. He's probably the only recruit that Rick Pitino has put this (much) time and effort into. Hearing that was strong."
There's still plenty of time left, but Reggie says he believes Louisville is "probably the favorite" at the moment largely because of the impression Pitino has made on the Evans family.
Evans, who is expected to make a final decision around November 12, took an official visit to Connecticut over the weekend, and then spent much of yesterday hanging out with Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzales. He is also still considering Memphis, Texas and Villanova.
There are several additional factors working in Louisville's favor right now, perhaps the largest being that one of Evans' closest friends - St. Benedict superstar Samardo Samuels - is a Cardinal commit who has been lobbying for Tyreke to join him in red since he made his decision in June. Another Louisville commit - 5'11 point guard Lamont "MoMo" Jones - made the official announcement earlier this month that he would be transferring from New York basketball powerhouse Rice High School (where Edgar Sosa played) to Evans' American Christian Academy where the two will play one season together.
Cardinal fans will have two chance to see the duo of Evans and Jones up close as American Christian will be playing a pair of games in town this season. The Eagles will come to Louisville to take on IMG Academy on Dec. 7, and will then return to the Derby City on Feb. 16 to play Findlay Prep of Nevada.
Whether or not Evans will be a Louisville commit by that time won't be known for another couple of months, but at the moment it seems promising.