Louisville Men’s Basketball only has 1 commitment for the 2021 class in 4 Star F Bryce Hopkins. However, they have a PG on the radar for 2021. Coach Chris Mack offered 4 Star NC PG Bobby Pettiford Jr back on May 6th. Pettiford announced recently he has set June 10th as the day he will choose his college destination.
Committing… 6/10👀— Bobby Pettiford Jr (@Dhoops0) June 3, 2020
Louisville seems to be the favorite to land the fast rising 2021 PG. Pettiford was originally a 3 Star prospect, but 247sports has just updated their rankings and Pettiford received a huge boost. He is, as mentioned above, a newly minted 4 Star prospect and finds himself ranked in the top 100 at number 92.
Pettiford has offers from the likes of Ole Miss, Providence, and Virginia Tech in addition to his Louisville offer. Assistant Coach Dino Gaudio is the point man in Louisville’s recruitment.
Pettiford plays for South Greenville High School in Creedmoor, NC. Last season, he filled up the stat sheet for the Vikings. He averaged 21.8 points, 6 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 2.9 steals per game in 31 games. He can do it all on the floor and his rebounding stats, in particular, scream “Chris Mack guy.”
On the floor, the young PG is lightning quick. He’s in the mold of a Peyton Siva in the quickness and speed department. At his best, he is attacking; attacking the defense, attacking the rim, attacking on defense. The passing and court vision are next level. He is very good at seeing the entire floor and finding open men. Pettiford’s ball handling is top notch. He can weave through a defense almost effortlessly with the ball on a string. When he attacks the rim, Pettiford can finish with the best of them. He’s able to get shots off at all kinds of odd angles and make them. Of course, he can also get up and fly, hammering home some dunks. Meanwhile, contact doesn’t bother Pettiford. He can finish through it easily. As far as shooting, Pettiford has a good shooting stroke from behind the arc. While his percentage was only 30%, I think he can easily raise that percentage. The shot looks good. He can hit step backs, spot ups, or off the rhythm dribble.
If Bobby Pettiford chooses Louisville, it would be a big pickup. Coach Mack and Coach Gaudio recognized the immense, but overlooked talent Pettiford possesses when they offered him. Now, Pettiford finds himself skyrocketing up the recruiting rankings. His talent is evident and the potential is excellent. He could be a great PG for Louisville for 3-4 years should he join the flock. Hopefully, on June 10th, Pettiford announces he will be coming to the Derby City.
*all stats courtesy of MaxPreps