Big recruiting weekend on tap for Pitino

Louisville has a big recruiting weekend on tap. Shabazz Muhammad and Winston Shepard will unofficially visit Rick Pitino's team this weekend to watch the Cardinals play Pittsburgh. recruiting analyst Evan Daniels says it's big news for the Cardinals.

Louisville has a big recruiting weekend on tap.

As reported Sunday, Shabazz Muhammad and Winston Shepard, two of the nation's elite 2012 prospects, will unofficially visit Rick Pitino's team this weekend, and attend the Cardinals game Sunday against No. 4-ranked Pittsburgh at the KFC Yum! Center.

That news caught the attention of recruiting director Evan Daniels.

Confirmed Weekend Visitors
Shabazz Muhammad, 2012 SF, Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman

Negus Webster-Chan, 2012 SG, Huntington (WV) Prep

Winston Shepard, 2012 SF/PF, Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep

"Any time you can get guys of that caliber on campus it's a plus," Daniels said. "Louisville has been working on those two for quite some time and to get them both on campus together is impressive. I think it's especially big that Louisville has been able to get Shabazz on campus the second time.

"It's been well-documented that he's been good friends with 2012 Louisville commit Rodney Purvis. I think this is a step in the right direction for Louisville as far as the recruitment of Shabazz Muhammad, and especially Winston Shepard."

Muhammad, the No. 1-rated small forward and No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2012, made an earlier visit to Louisville this season to watch the Cardinals game against Marshall. He's one of the elite prospects in the country.

"He's terrific," Daniels said. "What I like about him is how hard he plays and his toughness and the fact that he can step out and shoot to 21 feet and take guys and post them up. He still has to work on his ball handling and becoming a more consistent shooter but he's got a lot of talent. He's one of the top guys in the 2012 recruiting class."

Shepard, one of the Top 75 prospects nationally in the 2012 class, is more than Muhammad's wingman and AAU teammate.

"Shepard is an energy guy, he's plays hard, gets up and down the floor and he's a pretty good athlete," Daniels said. "He's a tweener, but he's really energetic and plays hard. He's a talented player.

"As far as his recruitment for Louisville, they've been in the mix for some time. But this is the next step getting him on campus. Overall, I think his recruitment is pretty wide open and a number of schools are recruiting him right now. Any time you can get a kid on campus from this far away I think it's important and a step in the right direction."

Daniels said he doesn't expect either prospect to make a college decision in the near future.

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