Scout.com four-star guard Jalen Adams became a hot target for the University of Louisville within days of Kenny Johnson being hired away from Indiana to become Rick Pitino's assistant. Johnson had been recruiting the 6-foot-2, 165-pound guard out of Ashburnham (Mass.) Cushing Academy while at Indiana and continued that relationship when he left the Hoosiers for a spot on the Cardinals bench.
On Saturday evening, Johnson took the Cardinals extended a scholarship offer to the Scout.com 2015 Top 100 prospect.
"I think he's excited," Adams AAU coach Vinny Pastore told Cardinal Authority. "He's followed Louisville basketball and sees what type of dynamic players they have. One of the reasons he likes Louisville is that he can see himself playing for Pitino and playing the way Louisville guys do."
Connecticut, Creighton, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Minnesota are among the many others to offer Adams. The offer takes the interest another step higher for Adams.
"Once they offered him it becomes serious," Pastore said. "It puts a different spin on things. Until you get that offer there's not any sense thinking to much about it.
"Now that he has that offer, it really makes it something to really thing about. They have a national championship and the style of play those guys run at Louisville is great."
The Cardinals do have some catching up to do. While the Cardinals offer is impressive, others have been recruiting Adams for much longer.
"From a relationship standout they got a late start, so they have some work to do there because other schools have been talking to him for over a year."
"The relationship is building," Pastore explained, adding that Adams currently has no official list of favorites.
"I don't think he's ever made a list. He's picked up so many offers along the way, but I'd say Kansas, UConn and now Louisville are on top of the list."
Adams was impressive at the recent adidas Gauntlet where he expressed an interest in the Louisville program.
"It's a big-name school and I could see myself playing there," Adams said of U of L. "I can see myself fitting in there. They like to go up and down and I like how (Pitino) uses his guards."
Scout.com national analyst Brian Snow had this to say about Adams after his performance at the adidas Gauntlet:"There is no doubt he is a volume player, but Adams can flat out get buckets. Adams is super-fast baseline to baseline and can fill it up going to the rim. Also he is a capable shooter who showed an ability to hit from out to 22 feet. He needs to make some better decisions, but Adams was asked to shoulder the load and he did just that, and found a way to lead his team to a win."