Louisville assistant Tim Fuller recently called Chipola (FL) College head coach Jake Headrick to inquire about Sam Grooms, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound point guard from Greensboro, N.C. Grooms, who signed with South Florida out of high school two years ago, has seen his recruitment pick up recently as both Louisville and North Carolina have called to express interest.
"I guess [we're] just waiting for [Louisville] to come down and see what they think about him," Headrick said. "We just got a call from Coach Fuller about him. Obviously he knows Sam well from being from that area. He called to get our schedule and maybe figure out a time to come down and check him out."
Described as a fast, physical ‘pure' point guard, Grooms is a big reason why Chipola is 21-3 this season and ranked in the Top 5 nationally.
"He's got a great body and he's really fast with the basketball," Headrick said. "He knows when to push the basketball and does a great job running the team. We're 21-3 and the last game we lost he didn't play. He's a big reason we're Top 5 in the country. He's a leader, and defensively he can pressure point guards."
"I haven't spoken directly with [Fuller] yet, but he's been talking to my coach," Grooms said.
Is Grooms interested in Louisville?
"Of course," Grooms said. "They have a wonderful program. They have a lot of history and Coach Pitino is a great coach. I would love to visit there and see what it's like in Louisville and experience the campus. As far as interest, I have very, very high interest in Louisville."
Grooms, who averages 10 points and six rebounds, said his coach told him the Cardinals are looking for an experienced floor general who makes good decisions with the ball. Grooms also is shooting better than 40 percent from the three-point line.
"My understanding is that they need a point guard," Grooms said. "They need someone who can come in and be a leader. Coach Fuller, I guess, has heard a lot about me and people have talked to him a lot about me, but he has to experience it for himself."
North Carolina called about Grooms after Larry Drew announced his decision to transfer last week.
"It's picked up a lot," Grooms said of his recruitment. "Louisville has come out of nowhere. South Florida, Illinois and Oklahoma State have always been there. North Carolina it would be good to go back home but it's got to be a good situation for me."
Grooms currently is day to day with a sprained MCL, but expects to be back on the court for Chipola's game this Saturday.
"Right now I'm just keeping my options open to see where things will go," Grooms said. "Of course, when you hear about Louisville, they have a little more clout than other programs. I just want to see how things go."