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.
One week ago, Lee tweeted out that his final five are Arizona, Gonzaga, Louisville, Marquette, and Maryland. For a while, it seemed like it would come down to Louisville and Maryland because Lee is a native of Baltimore. However, the latest chatter seems to point to it actually coming down to Louisville and Arizona. He just finished his visit out west with the Wildcats, and if he is leaving there without committing, Rick Pitino having him come to campus right after that is huge.
Lee has said that he wants to make his decision in early May. If he does choose the Cards, then this team picks up a 6’6 guy who averaged 21.4 points and 6.1 rebounds last season and can come in and help right away, possibly even be a starter. Sean Miller has been a great recruiter for Arizona, so we will see what Rick Pitino can do in this battle.
Speaking of battle, class of 2016 5-star shooting guard Tyus Battle will also be on campus over the next few days. Battle is 6’6 and from Edison, New Jersey. He is rated as the top player in the state of New Jersey by ESPN and 247 Sports.
Adam Zagoria has a write up about his visit to Duke, which he just completed. It looks like Duke is definitely the team to beat in the recruitment of Battle. This kid has offers from the best teams in the country, and whoever gets him will be getting a heck of a player. We will see how this visit to Louisville goes after visiting the Blue Devils.
Needless to say, the next few days could tell a lot for both next season’s Cards and the next few seasons if Rick Pitino can give Tyus Battle some things to think about.
Here is a pretty cool video about Battle and the whole recruitment process with him.