Louisville Scores Two Sophomores

It was a big day for the Louisville Cardinals. The Big East power picked up a rivalry win and a pair of sophomore commitments.

Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville scored on and off the court on Sunday.

Just minutes after the Cardinals knocked off Kentucky on a buzzer beater, the Cards snagged a pair of Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North sophomores – Ryan Taylor and Michael Chandler.

"Its close to home," Chandler said when asked about his commitment. "The facilities are nice and I think I can become a better player here. I like their style of play. It's a real good program."

"I just like how they play and their style of play," Taylor replied when asked about his commitment. "It's close to home. When you go to you Louisville you get to play for a Hall of Fame coach in Rick Pitino."

Both Taylor and Chandler are sophomores at perennial power Lawrence North, which is also home to 2009 commit Stephan Van Treese and 2010 commit Justin Martin. Both admitted that their friendships with those two helped.

"I think it helped some," Chandler said. "I know how they play and we play well together."

"I'll get to play with them and I already know their style play," Taylor said. "But I just really like it here."

While the familiarity with Van Treese and Martin played a role, it was Rick Pitino that was th biggst factor in their early commits.

"We've talked a couple of times," Chandler said about Pitino. "I think he can make me the best that I can be and I think it's the best choice for me. My mom and my uncle they thought it was a good choice."

"He's a Hall of Fame coach and he knows what it takes to get to the league," Taylor added. "He can make me a better player."

Chandler, a four-star prospect in the 2011 class, picked Louisville over strong interest from Ohio State, Kentucky, Florida and Illinois.

Taylor also had a number of high major programs after him. He picked Louisville over scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Kentucky.

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