Louisville 2015 Rankings Breakdown

Rick Pitino and his staff brought in a huge class in 2014 so room is somewhat limited in 2015, but still the Cardinals are recruiting some of the top talent. Here is a look at who Louisville is after, and where they stand in the latest class of 2015 rankings update.

At this point Louisville doesn't have any commitments, but it does look like they are focused on adding major firepower on the perimeter as well as a potential star center if that player comes their way.

Leading the way at the point guard spot is Bryant Crawford. Louisville has been mentioned prominently with Crawford since the hiring of assistant Kenny Johnson, and he currently checks in at No. 56 in the rankings.

Crawford fell a few spots because he isn't always the most productive, but he still has the size, athleticism, and tools to be a very good college player before it is all said and done. Right now he looks to score a bit more than he looks to pass, but Crawford can be an effective passer and brings a lot to the table.

At the shooting guard position Louisville is involved with three of the best, all of who now are five-star prospects. Allonzo Trier, Isaiah Briscoe, and Antonio Blakeney are all highly regarded and have had tremendous springs.

Trier moved up from No. 20 to No. 15 on the strength of tearing up the EYBL with a big time scoring display. There might not be a better pure scorer in the class. Briscoe went from No. 26 to No. 16 with improved conditioning, a better feel for the game, and also a more efficient approach. Like Trier, Briscoe is one of the best scorers around, and now he is improving his IQ.

Finally there is Blakeney who jumped from No. 39 to No. 20 and gained a fifth star on the strength of his big time scoring ability. A good athlete with a quick trigger, Blakeney can light up the scoreboard. He still however can stand to improve his shot selection and understanding in the halfcourt.

On the wing the Cardinals are also involved with some of top prospects in Deng Adel, Ray Smith, and Brandon Ingram.

Adel and Smith now are considered five-star prospects. Scout.com hadn't had a chance to evaluate Adel before this spring, but now that we have it is clear he is a big time talent. Adel checks in at No. 18 in the rankings and five-star status. He has great length, is a very good athlete, can handle the ball, and has shown to be a capable shooter. Adel still needs to keep refining his skill set, but there is no doubting his big time potential.

After Adel is Las Vegas native Ray Smith. Smith is someone who jumped from No. 29 to No. 22, and has the potential to go even higher. Right now he is not the dominant producer you might like, but at nearly 6-foot-8 with near elite athleticism, long arms, and skill he has the body and athleticism that NBA scouts love and a defined position on the wing. There is no doubt that Smith's best basketball is ahead of him, and he is making tremendous strides as a prospect.

Brandon Ingram went up from No. 40 to No. 26 and stayed as a four-star prospect. Ingram has elite length and a high skill level, but his lack of toughness and consistent domination kept him just out of the five-star range, but there is a lot to like in this versatile rangy wing.

Louisville signed a bunch of interior players in the 2014 class, but still they are after some of the elite on the inside in 2015. Stephen Zimmerman, Cheick Diallo, and Caleb Swanigan all check in, in the top 12 in the country.

Zimmerman's slightly inconsistent spring had him drop from No. 5 to No. 8 while Diallo bumped up from No. 6 to No. 5 on the strength of excellent athleticism, shot blocking, and a game changing motor. Also Diallo is showing a bit more skill on the offensive end.

Swanigan came over from the 2016 class and makes his debut at No. 12. As one of the best low post scorers in the class, Swanigan is ultra-productive and has the tools to be an excellent college basketball player. Add in that he is a tremendous rebounder, and there is no doubt he was in the mix for a spot in the top 10.

Overall Louisville is heavily in the mix with some of the best in the class, and now they will look to close in on another top class.

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