Coleman Finds Fit In Big East

Shortly after taking his second unofficial visit to Louisville, Justin Coleman, originally of Richmond (Va.), opted to end his recruitment.

Rick Pitino and his staff at Louisville targeted Justin Coleman in the fall, and on Friday they secured the five-star prospect.

"I was thinking about it and I talked it over with my brother and I think it's the best decision for me and I can get the most accomplished there," Coleman told Scout.com.

Walter McCarty was the point man on Coleman's recruitment. His relationship with the 6-foot-4,185-pound wing out of Huntington (W.V.) Prep played a role in his recruitment, as did Pitino's ability to get players to the NBA.

"He's a cool guy," Coleman said of Louisville coach Rick Pitino. "He gets players in the league."

"They recruited me the hardest and they showed me the most attention," Coleman added. "The atmosphere there was amazing. They sell out the arena every night and that's always a plus."

Although Coleman is committed, he still has some work to do academically to qualify for the 2010 class. According to his high school coach Rob Fulford he's got a chance to complete his work by the summer.

Coleman also has a teammate that the Cardinals are working on -- Gorgui Dieng. A 6-foot-10 senior big man, Dieng has taken a pair of unofficial visits to Louisville. Both were with Coleman.

When asked if Dieng may join him at Louisville Coleman said, "I think he's leaning that way right now."

Coleman, a top 25 prospect, is Louisville's second commitment for the 2010 class. He joins South Kent (Conn.) School guard Russ Smith to make up their current 2010 recruiting class.


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