V.J. King is a 6’7 small forward in the class of 2016. He visited the Cards last weekend and by all accounts, it sounds like the visit went well and that UofL is in a great spot with him. He recently narrowed his choices down to five: Louisville, Kentucky, UConn, Arizona, and Virginia.
One reason that Louisville is in such a good spot with King is Kenny Johnson. Johnson once coached King’s current high school, Paul VI, and King plays for Johnson’s former AAU team, Team Takeover.
This past weekend was a big one on the basketball recruiting front. Of course, the Cards don’t have many scholarships over the next couple of years, so you won’t hear too many names that they are going after. However, the weekend did produce the news that a 5-star small forward in the class of 2016 will be taking an official visit to Louisville.
The next few days could be very big for the future of Louisville basketball as two players will be taking official visits. Drexel transfer Damion Lee, who you have probably heard of by now, wraps up a visit to Arizona on Sunday and will be in Louisville at some point of the day. Five star shooting guard Tyus Battle, who is in the class of 2016, will also be on campus and is fresh off of a visit to Duke.
The Louisville Cardinals have two spots left to fill for next season’s team. If you caught the post from the other day, we focused in on the three guys that were the most likely options to fill the two spots. One of those players was 5-star point guard Derryck Thornton from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.
Thornton is currently a player in the 2016 class. But Rick Pitino brought the idea to Thornton to reclassify to 2015 and come in and join the Cards. If he does reclassify, it is believed that he will either choose Louisville or Duke. The Blue Devils will have a wide open spot at point guard with Tyus Jones declaring for the NBA.
According to this tweet from Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com, 6’4 shooting guard Sterling Smith will visit Louisville next Wednesday.
Smith is a transfer from Coppin State and as the tweet says, he is eligible immediately. This past season for the Eagles, Smith averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 30.1 minutes per game. He shot 41.8% from three, connecting on 76-182 from behind the arc. As we have said before, Wayne Blackshear led the Cards this past season with 60 made three pointers.
The Louisville Cardinals have just gotten a commitment from Ryan McMahon, a 6’1 shooting guard from Sarasota, Florida. Less than an hour ago, I posted a quick story about him as a “recruit to watch,” so there isn’t much more to add to that. Click the link to see more information about McMahon.
Ryan McMahon is best described as a “sharpshooter.” The 6’1 shooting guard just received a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville on Thursday night, and a commitment could be coming very soon, quite possibly even today.
McMahon is from Sarasota, Florida and plays for Cardinal Mooney High School. He doesn’t have many offers at all, and Louisville is by far his best offer. ESPN rates him as a 4-star prospect. McMahon visited Louisville for the North Carolina game a couple of weeks ago.
Steve Jones of the Courier Journal did a full story about it, and here is some of that.
Quentin Goodin is a name you will be hearing for a while on the basketball recruiting front. He is only a junior this season so there is still a long way to go before he signs with a school. Goodin plays for Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
The 6’3 185 lb guard narrowed his list down to 12 on Thursday and Nextuprecruits.com was the first to report it. His list of 12 in no order: Louisville, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Marquette, Tennessee, Minnesota, UNLV, Oklahoma State, Western Kentucky, Xavier, and Kentucky Wesleyan.
Recruiting is a crazy thing. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Cards had a commitment from 5-star Antonio Blakeney and had backed off of 6’6 combo guard Perry Dozier. You know the story: Blakeney decommits, and the Cards try to get back in the mix for Dozier. Rick Pitino and Kenny Johnson spent Wednesday evening giving Dozier an in home visit, and it certainly paid off. Dozier had 4 official visits lined up and had 1 more opening, and he will use that for a trip to UofL’s campus.
It looks like P.J. Dozier is definitely back in the mix to get the last spot in the 2015 class that Antonio Blakeney had for a solid 11 days. We knew that the Cards would be interested in him again, but would he listen to them? Well that question has been answered, and it’s yes. Next Wednesday, Rick Pitino will make the trip to South Carolina to have an in-home visit with Dozier and his family, Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal writes.
The in-home visit will determine if Louisville gets one of Dozier’s five official visits in the next few weeks. Right now, four of them are already set: Michigan (Sept. 26), North Carolina (Oct. 3), Georgetown (Oct. 17), and South Carolina (Oct. 24).
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According to Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal, UofL has decided to move on from Antonio Blakeney. They will not continue to recruit him after the 5-star shooting guard decommitted. This is not a big surprise, as Coach Pitino very rarely continues to recruit guys that decommit. Quentin Snider was more of an exception and not the rule.
Antonio Blakeney has just opened up his recruitment, according to ESPN’s Reggie Rankin. Rick Pitino was supposed to go visit him in Florida on Wednesday. Obviously, that will not happen now. Here are some tweets from this happening.
This has a very BLUE feel to it if you ask me.
ESPN.com has updated their top 100 college basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2015. The 4 commitments for the Louisville Cardinals are all in the top 51. Here is how they are ranked in the latest rankings on ESPN…
And also, the Cards also have the #1 class in the country according to ESPN.
With the class of 2015 wrapped up for Rick Pitino, the weekly CSZ Recruiting Notebook is also on a break right now. We will return with it around the time that basketball season starts and get you introduced to some of the guys in the 2016 class.
One of the players surely to make the list will be Tyus Battle. He is a 6’6 shooting guard from Edison, New Jersey. He is a consensus 5-star player on the four major recruiting sites. Here is how he ranks on each site:
247 Sports: #11 overall, #3 SG
ESPN: #15 overall, #4 SG
With the recent commitment of Antonio Blakeney to Louisville, the Cards have put together what will be one of the best classes in the country. Here is how each player is rated on each of the major recruiting sites, along with highlights of each player.
SG Antonio Blakeney
6’4 170 lbs
247 Sports: 5*
5-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney visited UofL’s campus on Sunday and Monday. He was at the Miami game with UofL guard Terry Rozier, who is said to be a good friend of Blakeney. There hasn’t been too much public chatter since his visit ended, as he or his family haven’t done any media interviews just yet.
According to Scout’s Evan Daniels, 2016 center Abdul Ado will visit Louisville this weekend.
By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:
In our basketball recruiting notebook, we fill you in on where the Cards stand with their top targets in the class of 2015. This week we we have a big target who was scheduled to visit, but now will push that back. But on the flip side, another 5-star guard will be in town this coming weekend!
Donovan Mitchell (Commit) – It has been fun watching Mitchell’s rise from sleeper to star. At last week’s Elite 24 game the 6’3 guard added to that status. Mitchell finished 3rd in the Elite 24 dunk contest and completely stole the show with this dunk that made the ESPN SportsCenter top 10:
As far as recruiting goes, Mitchell seems to be recruiting PJ Dozier, Derrick Jones, and Antonio Blakeney to Louisville with him. Mitchell has a close friendship with Jones and Dozier, but is intrigued with playing along side a guard with the talent of Blakeney. One thing for sure is which ever guard ends up grabbing that last scholarship is sure to have an absolute stud (Mitchell) playing beside them. -Steve Rummage
Well Rick Pitino will still be hosting a big-time recruit on Labor Day Weekend, but just not the one we expected. Perry Dozier was supposed to be making an official visit, but he has pushed back all of his visits and will likely check out UofL on October 3rd. However, 5-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney will be on campus this weekend at UofL.