With the July evaluation period in full swing, there is always some kind of recruiting news going on. This isn’t going to be as detailed as the weekly notebook that we put out on Monday’s (which you should check out), but it will just be some quick-hitters to update you on who Coach Pitino and his staff (Kenny Johnson and Wyking Jones) watched on Wednesday evening while they were at the Under Armour event in Georgia.
5-star small forward Ray Smith (Class of 2015) just cut his list down to 9 schools, and Louisville is still in the mix. From his top 10 that he released in the middle of May, he dropped Oregon and Wake Forest but added UConn. ESPN ranks him as the 3rd best small forward in the class and the 26th best player overall. 247 Sports is similar, having him as the 5th best small forward and 24th best player in the class.
He is from Las Vegas, NV and is listed at 6’7 and 185 lbs.
Smith will be visiting Louisville sometime in the fall, but he told CSZ that he has to talk to Coach Wyking Jones to figure out the date that he will be here.
Yesterday Louisville’s top 2015 post target Stephen Zimmerman received the news that he had made the USA Men’s U18 National Team. Upon receiving this news Zimmerman told Adam Zagoria that he received text from “more than 30 coaches”. Coaches from all over were congratulating Zimmerman on the accomplishment but who sent the funniest text of all? That honor would belong to our own Coach Wyking Jones:
(From Zagoria Article)
“Stephen Zimmerman received more than 30 text messages from college coaches after making the USA U18 team, but he said the funniest came from Louisville assistant Wyking Jones.
“Coach Jones from Louisville said if I keep this up then maybe my girlfriend will actually start liking me,’” the 6-foot-11 Zimmerman out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman said by phone from Colorado Springs, Colo.”
Zimmerman will visit the Cards September 26th and we can only assume Coach Jones will have plenty of one liners ready!