Swanagan, Simpson put Cards atop lists

6'9, 330 Carl Swanagan and 6'9, 210 Robbie Simpson told ITV Saturday at the Tournament of Champions the Cards led for their services.

Carl Swanagan, Robbie Simpson put Cards atop lists

6'9, 330 Carl Swanagan of Fort Wayne (IN) Southside High really likes the Louisville Cardinals.  Saturday afternoon at the Dean E. Smith Center, both Swanagan and his guardian, Eric Vaughn, told ITV that Louisville was clearly the leader for the talented lefty's services.

"He's a done deal to Louisville," Vaughn said.  "He loves Louisville and Coach Pitino."

When asked by ITV if Vaughn's statements were accurate and Louisville led for his services, Swanagan responded, "Oh yeah."

Vaughn told ITV that Swanagan will attend Fort Wayne Southside next year and then likely prep for a year before joining the Cardinal basketball program.

Vaughn also said that Coach Pitino had already offered Swanagan a scholarship earlier this spring. 

Utah and Purdue have also shown considerable interest in Swanagan, according to Vaughn.

Swanagan scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, including 3-4 threes, Friday night against Garner Road (NC) Red in the first round of pool play.  He had 12 points and 10 rebounds, including 2-3 threes, Saturday morning against the Connecticut Flame.  Swanagan had a relatively quite Saturday afternoon game against the D.C. Assault, sitting much of game due to foul trouble.

Robbie Simpson at the TOC (ITV)

Robbie Simpson puts Cards atop list

6'9, 210 Robbie Simpson of Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, NC told ITV Saturday afternoon at the Dean E. Smith Center that both Louisville and Oklahoma have offered scholarships and the Cards were at the top of his list.

Simpson, a former standout for two seasons at Louisville Seneca High School, is playing for Chris Grier's Michigan Hurricanes at the Tournament of Champions this weekend. 

Simpson said he'll again attend Mount Zion Christian Academy next year and play for Tony Fozard.  Simpson indicated he has a 3.0 GPA and will take the ACT on June 6.

Simpson will play at the Adidas ABCD camp in Teaneck, NJ this July.

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