Louisville Men’s Basketball Signing Class Among Nation’s Best
(From UofL SID Kenny Klein)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Four impressive high school products have each signed a national letter-of-intent to continue their basketball playing careers at the University of Louisville, ranking this Cardinal group among the nation’s top recruiting classes.
The list of highly-touted signees consists of Shaqquan Aaron, a 6-7, 175-pound guard from Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Wash.; Jaylen Johnson, a 6-9, 215-pound forward from Ypsilanti (Mich.) High School; Chinanu Onuaku, a 6-10, 230-pound forward/center from Lanham, Md. and Riverdale Baptist High School; and Quentin Snider, a 6-1, 170-pound guard from Ballard High School in Louisville. All four are ranked among the nation’s top 70 prospects.
“This is a tremendous class that is deep, talented and all have great potential to improve,” said UofL head men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino. “Not only is it a well-balanced group with outstanding basketball players, but they really fit our system. We look for offensive players who can be a triple-threat — shoot, pass and beat their man off the bounce — and this group can certainly do that.”
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The Cards will sign all 3 of their 2014 basketball commits today. According to Steve Jones of the Courier Journal PF Jaylen Johnson (Pictured below) and C Chinanu Onuaku have already inked their name and SF Shaq Aaron will sign later tonight. Look for the Cards to sign 1 or 2 more between now and the spring, but it’s always good to get the names on the dotted line sooner than later.
Pitino got his Center today when 4 Star Chinanu Onuaku announced he will play for the Cards next season. Onuaku, who is ranked as high as the #6 Center in the nation, had many elite offers but ultimately chose the Cards over Georgetown and Miami. Onuaku is a very imprtant piece to the 2014 class and will add much needed depth at the Center position as the Cards head into the ACC next season. The 6’10 Onuaku is an excellent shot blocker but his offensive game has come along strongly over the summer while participating in the NBA top 100 camp and the Adidas Nations. With Onuaku and Jaylen Johnson in the fold, the Cards will still try to sign one maybe two more front court players (Lyles, Bolden) in what could still be one of the most talented classes under Pitino.
This Washington Post released a story with the Coach of 2014 4 Star Center Chinanu Onuaku and coach Lou Wilson many favorable things to say about the Cards. Coach Wilson said that Onuaku liked his recent visit to Georgetown but went on to say this about the Cards:
Wilson reiterated his prior belief that Louisville stands as the front-runner among Onuaku’s choices, citing the school’s strong academics, prestigious coach in Rick Pitino and the Cardinals’ recent success as 2013 national champions.
“From our conversations, it seems he feels like he’ll have an opportunity to play at Louisville, get a good education and be on a winning team,” Wilson said. “He seemed to enjoy being around the coaches and players down there for his visit.”
With Onuaku’s decision Friday it is starting to sound like the Cards will finally get the Center they have been after.
You can read the full Washington Post article HERE
Top 5 Center Chinanu Onuaku recently cut his list down to Louisville and Miami. Onuaku is a very important recruit for the Cards and they are letting him know it, just last week Coach Pitino paid Onuaku a visit and others in the staff were in to see him this week. Onuaku had planed to see IU this week but that visit has also now been canceled. Many believed, including myself, that Maryland was the Cards biggest competition for the 6’10 Center and with the recent news it looks like he is the Cards to lose. It sounds as though Onuaku wont wait very long to announce his decision so keep your eyes open over the next week CardNation as we may just have the next piece to the 2014 class.