Hill one of Louisville's top '13 targets

Kasey Hill established himself as one of the top 2013 point guards during the first July evaluation period, and the 6'0 Montverde, Fla., star appears one of Louisville coach Rick Pitino's targets.

Options are nice to have, and Kasey Hill, one of the top point guards nationally in the 2013 class, should have no shortage of high-major options when he gets ready to make a college decision.

Hill, 6-0, 160-pounds from Montverde, Fla., led the Florida Rams to the adidas Invitational 17-under title in early July, and now holds offers from the several of the nation's top programs, including Louisville, Kentucky and Florida. Baylor, Missouri, Florida State, USF, and UCF have also offered.

Rick Pitino kept a close eye on Hill during the first evaluation period, and the Scout.com four-star guard appears one of Louisville's top 2013 prospects. The Cardinals have solid connections with Hill's AAU program, having landed two players in recent years that played for the Rams (Rakeem Buckles and Jared Swopshire). Director of Operations Mark Lieberman was also a summer coach with Rams before coming to Louisville, and assistant Richard Pitino, a former Florida assistant, has strong ties with the Rams.

"I've talked to Coach Pitino he's a nice guy," Hill said. "He told me some interesting things about Louisville. I've only talked to him once, but I know Richard Pitino better because he was at Florida and I had a relationship with him there. That's where I'm at with Louisville."

Hill, rated the No. 4 2013 point guard by Scout.com, was ranked as one of the Top 10 ‘July Risers,' by Scout.com's Evan Daniels and Brian Snow.

"Right now I'm looking at every school," Hill said. "I want to visit some of these schools. I'm not focused on one school. We probably will take some visits in August but I don't know any dates."

Kentucky followed Louisville's lead, offering Hill a scholarship during the first evaluation period. Kentucky coach John Calipari has a strong reputation landing top-rated point guards so the Wildcats provide an interesting dynamic to Hill's recruitment.

"Kentucky is a great school," Hill said. "They have great coaches and always get the best players and make the tournament. I just want to get to some schools and see how they are."

In-state programs Florida and Florida State have been working Hill the longest.

"Those are the schools that have been recruiting me the most," Hill said. "I've talked to Florida and FSU the most."

Hill said he's looking for a school relatively close to home where the point guard runs the show.

"I want my family to be close enough to watch my games," Hill said. "Also a school that fits my style of play – pick and rolls and lets their point guard run the show for them."

Hill will finish out the AAU season with trips to Las Vegas and Orlando.

"I'm trying to do everything to help my team win," Hill said. "I'm definitely working on my jump shot and making good decisions coming off screens."

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