New targets emerging for Louisville

There's a lot of change going on within Rick Pitino's program this spring. Last week, the Louisville coach overhauled his coaching staff. In the wake of that shakeup, four new recruiting targets have emerged for the Cardinals, including a five-star guard, and rising four-star forward. InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.


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Breakdown: James, a physically imposing prospect, is one of the most improved big men in the nation. On the rise, James has seen interest in his recruitment heat up this spring, as UNC and Louisville are now getting involved. Louisville assistant Richard Pitino has solid connections with James' AAU program, the Florida Rams. Pitino lured Jared Swopshire and Rakeem Buckles, both former Rams, to Louisville and had the Cardinals in position with Fab Melo, also a former Florida Ram, before leaving to join Billy Donovan's Florida staff.
Evan Daniels' Take: "For a guy his size, James, who will move into Scout.com's 2012 rankings when they are updated, moves relatively well, has a great set of hands and has developed a handful of moves on the block."
Recruiting Interest: Florida, UMass, Miami, South Carolina, West Virginia and UCF have extended offers. Louisville, North Carolina, Clemson and Florida State are showing interest.


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Breakdown: Poythress, an athletic and skilled forward, was receiving interest from Louisville when Tim Fuller was on Rick Pitino's staff. But the Cardinals are expected to turn up the heat now that Richard Pitino, who was recruiting Poythress at Florida, is back on the bench at UofL. Poythress is on the rise nationally this spring and was named one of Scout.com's top performers last weekend at the Real Deal AAU Tournament in Arkansas.
Evan Daniels' Take: "Last year he was guy on the brink of breaking out, this year he's raised his play to a new level."
Recruiting Interest: Texas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Georgia, Duke, Alabama, Stanford, Marquette, Cincinnati, Florida, Ohio State.


D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
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Breakdown: A five-star prospect, DSR is one of the most productive guards in his class nationally. Ranked the fifth-best shooting guard prospect nationally, Smith-Rivera possesses the strength to attack off the bounce and owns a reliable perimeter jump shot. Smith-Rivera recently backed out of a commitment to Xavier, and Louisville is expected to turn up the heat on the Indianapolis prospect. In fact, Rick Pitino was in Indy earlier this week to see DSR.
Brian Snow's Take: "This kid just knows how to get buckets. Not a great athlete, Smith-Rivera has a great feel for how to get his shot off, and also has excellent touch in the mid-range and on the perimeter. Defensively he struggled some with straight line drives, but usually he is pretty good in that regard.
Recruiting Interest: Florida, Louisville, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas State, Ohio State, Texas, UCLA, Wake Forest and Xavier.


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Breakdown: Though he's yet to receive his stars or ranking from Scout.com, Hunt is in the Top 100 mix. An AAU teammate of Alex Poythress for the Georgia Stars, Hunt is receiving strong recruiting attention from new UofL assistant Richard Pitino. An athletic prospect who can play either wing position, Hunt is one Louisville will keep an eye on this summer.
Evan Daniels' Take: "The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder has a quick release, plays hard on both ends and is looking more and more like a possible top 100 prospect."
Recruiting Interest: Hunt claims offers from Nebraska, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Georgia State, UTEP, Wichita State, East Carolina and South Carolina. He also mentioned Louisville and Tennessee.


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