Shepard talks Louisville

Winston Shepard, a four-star combo forward from Findlay(NV)Prep, recently narrowed his list of favorites. The No. 62-ranked prospect in the Class of 2012, the 6-6, 180-pound Shepard talks about Louisville, the school he plans to visit this weekend.

Winston Shepard, a four-star combo forward from Findlay (NV)Prep, plans to make an unofficial visit to Louisville this weekend. The No. 62-ranked prospect in the Class of 2012, the 6-6, 180-pound Shepard is rated the No. 14 small forward in his class nationally.

Shepard recently narrowed his list down to ten schools: Texas, Kansas, San Diego State, Memphis, Kentucky, UCLA, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, New Mexico.

"I recently cut my school list down," Shepard said. "It's just those ten schools and there is no particular order. I don't have a one, two or three [favorite]….there's no order. I'm just considering those ten schools now."

Winston Shepard
Shepard, who is averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds this season, is looking forward to visiting Louisville this weekend with AAU teammate Shabazz Muhammad. The 6-6 Muhammad is ranked the No. 3 prospect nationally in the Class of 2012.

"Everything is good with Louisville," Shepard said. "I like Louisville. I think my game and the way that I play is suited for Louisville – they use big wings. Coach Pitino produces small forwards to the NBA. That's a plus. The Big East is a plus – good competition."

Former Louisville assistant Walter McCarty began Louisville's recruitment of Shepard before leaving for a job with the Indiana Pacers. Now, McCarty's replacement, Tim Fuller is spear-heading the recruitment of both Shepard and Muhammad.

"I like Coach Fuller a lot," Shepard said. "He's a good dude. He's genuine. He always keeps it real and he's been recruiting me real hard. We talk about more than basketball, we talk about life and how to be a man, stuff like that. That's one of my favorite assistants."

Shepard said he's been watching Louisville closely this season.

"I watched the game when they beat UConn the other night," Shepard said. "I always keep up with Louisville to see how they're doing and to watch the type of players and system Pitino runs."

Shepard, like Muhammad, considers 2012 Louisville commitment Rodney Purvis a good friend. The Cardinals hope that Purvis, the No. 1-rated point guard nationally, can help convince Shepard and Muhammad to join him at Louisville.

"I've known Rodney since we were in eighth grade, so we're good friends," Shepard said. "That definitely helps out a lot, but I'm not going to make my decision based on what my friends are doing. I'm going to make my decision on what's best for me."

Shepard's only other visit this season has been to Memphis. He also visited Kansas and Oklahoma State last season. The talented forward said he's not rushing into a decision.

"I'm planning on taking all five of my official visits to see what's going on the campuses before I make a decision," Shepard said. "I don't want to rush my commitment and be de-committing and stuff like that. I want to take my time and make sure I make the right decision."

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