Pitino speaks with 4-star 2013 SG

Louisville is turning up the recruiting heat on four-star Princeton, NJ wing Davon Reed, who spoke with Rick Pitino Thursday night. InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Louisville is turning up the recruiting heat on four-star Princeton, NJ wing Davon Reed, who spoke with Rick Pitino Thursday night.

"It's really ramped up of late," Robert Brown, Reed's AAU coach, said of Louisville's recent interest. "Kareem [Richardson] really liked him at Xavier and I guess Coach Pitino saw him and thought he could be really good and we have an 'in.' The level of interest has definitely ramped up recently."

That's because new Louisville assistant Kareem Richardson has been recruiting the 6-foot-5 Reed since he was at Xavier.

"I think it was sparked by Kareem Richardson, who was at Xavier, and the Xavier staff was close to Davon," Brown said. "Davon Reed is good enough for Louisville and they got on him and it seems Kareem is making him a priority and got Coach P involved."

Brown wasn't sure if Pitino offered during his phone call to Reed Thursday, but he expects the Cardinals to keep close tabs on him during the July evaluation period.

"Davon said everything went well [with his conversation with Pitino]," Brown said. "It seems like there's a high level of interest. [Pitino] hasn't called me yet, but I've spoken to Richardson a couple times and told him a lot of these other schools have been involved with him a long time so that's [an offer] going to have to happen for Louisville to make a case for him."

A versatile prospect, Reed has the length and athleticism to play multiple positions in college. A good shooter, Reed is the second leading scorer on an outstanding AAU team that features three other Scout.com Top 100 prospects.

"They [coaches] see a long shooting guard," Brown said. "He's long and rangy, but his jump shot is fluid and he has a real good stroke. Even though he's a good shooter now once he gets on a campus and shoots 500-750 shots a day he will become even better. The kid has a lot of potential. He can defend a couple different positions on the floor because of his length and athleticism. So I think that's what these schools see."

An excellent student, Reed has a lengthy list ranging from Harvard and Northwestern to Syracuse, Villanova, Louisville, Wake Forest, Miami, Virginia and Xavier.

"He's the most widely recruited basketball player we have this year," Brown said. "You've got the high academic schools all the way through to the highest level of storied programs. He's got a long list. I think he had 18 offers at one point."

Reed has visited 'local' schools Seton Hall, Rutgers, Temple and Villanova and made longer trips to check out Harvard and Wake Forest. Louisville's recent interest definitely has Reed's attention.

"I think he'll get serious after July," Brown said. "A school like Louisville I think you have to pick up and listen if they call. Coach Pitino is a Hall of Fame coach. So when he comes calling I think you have to listen to him."

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