Hoops 2012 Recruiting Hotboard
Kris Dunn, 6'3, New London, CT – The nation's top-ranked point guard prospect might be Rick Pitino's top overall recruiting target in 2012. Expected to narrow his list soon, three Big East schools – Uconn, Louisville and Providence, could emerge as the programs that battle for Dunn's signature. With Peyton Siva having just two seasons of remaining eligibility, Dunn is a critical target for the Cardinals.
Terry Rozier, 6'1, Cleveland, OH – Rozier, one of Scout.com's Top 20 point guards, drew interest from Louisville after an impressive month of July. One of the top rising lead guards in his class, Rozier might be leaning the Cardinals way over programs like Cincinnati, Illinois and Georgia. If Dunn stays home to play for Jim Calhoun, don't be surprised if Louisville makes a move with Rozier.
Gary Harris, 6'4, Fischers, IN – Harris is Louisville's top target at shooting guard, but it appears Purdue and Michigan State are the teams to beat for the five-star prospects commitment. Still, Louisville is in the mix and if Harris isn't sold on the Big 10, Louisville might get a strong look in the fall. We'll consider Harris a long-shot for the Cardinals until proven otherwise.
Andrew White, 6'5, Charlottesville, VA – White boosted his stock with a strong first evaluation period in July. He's recently made visits to West Virginia, Maryland, N.C. State and Cincinnati and has strong interest in Louisville. If Gary Harris elects to play in the Big 10, and the Cardinals don't make traction with Rodney Purvis, Rick Pitino might turn the heat up on White, a four-star prospect who shoots lights out from three-point range.
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, 6'3, Indianapolis, IN– At one point, Louisville seemed seriously interested in DSR. But the sense is that Louisville's interest has cooled on the Indiana combo guard. DSR isn't the quickest or most explosive guard in his class, and he struggled playing the point in July. He could reemerge as a primary target, but there are a few players ahead of him on Louisville's board, or so it appears.
Rodney Purvis, 6'4, Raleigh, NC-- After Purvis de-committed from Louisville in the spring, it appeared the Cardinals were out of the mix. Purvis seemingly narrowed his list to Missouri, where former Louisville assistant Tim Fuller went, and hometown N.C. State, but the word is Purvis wasn't satisfied with those two options and asked Louisville to re-recruit him. The major question now is whether or not Purvis will seriously consider the Cardinals? If he does, and Harris isn't an option, Purvis would vault to the top of this list.
Jake Layman, 6'8, Wrentham, MA -- Behind Kris Dunn, Layman, who rose into Scout.com's Top 50 with a breakout July, appears to be one of Rick Pitino's top targets in the class. Layman plans to visit Louisville early this fall, and the Cardinals have strong connections in this recruitment – strong enough to make some analysts believe Louisville the team to beat.
Marcus Hunt, 6'4, Clayton, GA -- Hunt made a recent visit to Louisville and includes Rick Pitino's program is one of eight programs the wing is considering. The others are Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. If Louisville misses on Layman and some of their other top wing targets, Hunt could emerge as a prime target for the Cardinals.
Andre Drummond, 6'11, Oakdale, CT -- Louisville is one of five schools Drummond, the No. 1 center prospect in his class and No. 2 overall prospect nationally, according to Scout.com, is considering, along with West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgetown and UConn. UConn is believed to be the team beat if Drummond goes to college, which seems doubtful at this point.
Landry Nnoko, 6'10, Montverde, FL - A late blooming prospect who drew Louisville's attention late during the July period, is considering the Cardinals, USF, Florida, UCF, Georgetown, FAU and Clemson. With underclassmen Gorgui Dieng and Zach Price already on the roster, landing a center in this class might not be a top priority for Rick Pitino. If Pitino feels otherwise, Nnoko, a solid presence defensively, would be a guy to watch.
After landing a Top 5 class last year that included a pair of McDonald's All-Americans, Rick Pitino isn't expected to sign a large recruiting class in 2012.
George Mason transfer Luke Hancock is on campus and sitting out this season. He'll be considered a member of Louisville's 2012 recruiting class. Pitino has stated over the summer that he's looking to add two more prospects to next year's roster.
It appears Pitino's top priorities are landing a point guard and another wing prospect. No. 1-ranked PG Kris Dunn seems to be Louisville's top prospect in the class. Jake Layman, a fast-rising small forward, also looks like a prime target. Something to keep an eye on is whether or not Louisville becomes a serious player again in Rodney Purvis' recruitment? There's no question Pitino would love to land a five-star talent like Purvis.