Ali lands an offer from Louisville

After a big-time performance at the LeBron James Skills Academy last weekend, Prince Ali has landed an offer from the University of Louisville. Ali, a native of the Bronx, is one of the top 50 players in the Class of 2015.

Prince Ali has landed a bunch of scholarship offers since backing off his commitment to Connecticut a couple of months ago.

On Tuesday night, Ali told Cardinal Authority that he landed one he was "honored" to have and one that he "was hoping to get," from University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

"I've followed Rick Pitino a long time," Ali said. "He doesn't just offer anyone, he doesn't offer a lot of people, so it's an honor.

"Louisville is a big-time school and I know what kind of a coach he is, he's legendary."

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Ali said the Cardinals jumped into the mix of his recruiting process after his performance last weekend in Las Vegas at the LeBron James Skills Academy.

Ali, the No. 47 prospect in the Class of 2015 rankings and No. 11 shooting guard, also landed an offer from UCLA on Tuesday. He said he's also being recruited hardest by Washington, Illinois, LSU and Vanderbilt among others. He's become a hot prospect after a sensational start to the summer.

"It's wide open," Ali said of his recruitment. "I have had a lot of schools calling."

Ali attends Sagemont Upper School in Weston, Fla., and was third in scoring this spring in the NIKE EBYL league, averaging 21.8 points and shooting 39.2 percent from three-point land.

While he said he was "liking" the U of L offer, Ali said it wasn't just because of the program but because of Pitino.

"He's a great coach, a legend, and I love the style they play," Ali said. "I feel honored they are recruiting me."

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