Deng Adel visit to Louisville 'went great'

The University of Louisville's top target in the Class of 2015 - Deng Adel - made a visit to campus this week. Cardinal Authority checks in with Adel's camp on what he liked about the visit and the future of his recruitment.

Bradenton, Fla., Victory Rock Prep School forward Deng Adel made his long awaited visit to the University of Louisville this week.

And from all indications, the Australian native loved every minute of it.

"It went great," his coach and guardian Loren Jackson said. "He liked it a lot. He liked the guys, he likes the coaches, he likes the school. He spent some time with coach (Rick Pitino) and really just had a good time."

The 6-foot-7 Adel is a versatile wing with athleticism and size. He has shown tremendous upside with Florida Elite on the adidas circuit this spring and went from unranked to No. 18 in the Class of 2015 rankings.

Jackson said Adel is getting a lot of attention from Virginia Tech, Minnesota, Connecticut, South Florida and SMU. But it appears U of L is out in front of the pack.

"I have known coach (Pitino) since I was 14," said Jackson, who was the coach and guardian for current U of L player Mangok Mathiang. "I have a really good relationship with him. Now, it's not the only good relationship I have (with coaches) but it's good and (Adel) likes that.

"But we're looking for the right fit. I've been doing this long enough to see what's a good fit and what's not. He needs the right fit."

Jackson said "there's a chance," that Adel would make a few more unofficial visits before making a decision on his future, but noted that Adel "kind of, pretty much liked it a lot," during his time at U of L.

"They lose Wayne (Blackshear)," Jackson said. "So, there's an opportunity to play early on and that's really what he's looking for. A good spot where he's comfortable and can play early."

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