Bates-Diop calls UofL visit 'great'

Normal (IL) Univ. star Keita Bates-Diop has visited Purdue, MIchigan and Illinois. Friday, Scout.com's No. 40 ranked 2014 prospect made an unofficial visit to Louisville. The 6'7 forward spoke to InsideTheVille.com about his trip.

Normal (ILL.) Univ. star Keita Bates-Diop has visited Purdue, Michigan and Illinois. Friday, Scout.com's No. 40 ranked 2014 prospect made an unofficial visit to Louisville.

Bates-Diop, who was accompanied by his father and AAU teammate Malek Harris, came away impressed his visit to UofL.

"It was a great visit," Bates-Diop told InsideTheVille.com. "They showed me around the KFC Yum! Center and the practice facility and we talked to some of the players and coaches. My dad was impressed. He liked everything about it."

How did Louisville compare to the Big 10 programs he's already visited?

"It was one of the best," Bates-Diop said. "Louisville is such a storied program and Rick Pitino is a great coach. The arena where they play really stood out. They didn't have the court down, but everything else about it was impressive. It was really nice."

Louisville started recruiting Bates-Diop this spring after former Xavier assistant Kareem Richardson joined Rick Pitino's staff. Though Louisville hasn't extended a scholarship yet, Bates-Diop said the Cardinals will be watching him closely during July.

"Kareem is the one I talk to the most," said Bates-Diop. "He said they'll be recruiting me hard and will be out watching me in July."

Bates-Diop says he's interested in UofL.

"They play uptempo, they like to press and get up and down the floor and they play hard on offense and especially defense, which is what I like to do," Bates-Diop said.

While on his visit to the UofL campus, Bates-Diop also spoke with Pitino about Louisville's interest.

"When we first got there I sat down and talked to him for 10-15 minutes," Bates-Diop said. "Then me, Kareem Richardson and Malek walked around while he was working out guys. [Pitino] told us how he works out the players and always interacts with his players during workouts throughout the day. I know he's a successful coach, but he talks to you like a normal person."

Bates-Diop plans to visit Purdue and Michigan in June. He also plans to attend DePaul's team camp. While Bates-Diop isn't naming favorites, Louisville appears in good shape with the athletic small forward.

"Louisville is up there, but they're all about the same," Bates-Diop said. "I'm also looking at DePaul, Northwestern, Purdue, Kansas State, Illinois, Michigan. All the schools that are recruiting me."


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