ABCD: New Leader for Rondo, Thinking Commitment

TEANECK, NJ -- 6'2 Rajon Rondo spoke with ITV at the adidas ABCD camp and gave an update on his recruitment and a new leader for his services.

Rondo has offer from Louisville

6'2 Rajon Rondo, the top player in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, finally has an offer from Coach Pitino and the hometown Louisville Cardinals. 

Rondo, who attended Coach Pitino's Individual Instruction Skills camp in June, told ITV Monday night at the ABCD camp that UofL has stepped up the intensity in his recruitment.

"Yeah, they offered me a Louisville's camp," Rondo said.  "My mother...likes Louisville alot." 

Rondo indicated his family would like to see him wear the red and black in Freedom Hall after his high school career is over.

"My mother can't see me play because I'm going away...she comes to all my games and I know she wants me to come back home and play," Rondo said.

Rondo told ITV he expects to end his recruitment before the start of school in the fall.

"Yeah it's coming soon," Rondo said of a verbal commitment to the Cards. "I'm going to commit before I go to Oak Hill." 

For now though, Rondo is focused on playing well at ABCD and has some clear goals in mind this week.

"Play hard, do the defense and just be a leader out here," Rondo said.

Rajon, a fierce competitor by nature, relishes the challenge of facing other talented point guards from around the nation at national events like ABCD.  When asked if he looked forward to matching up with any specific player, he responded,

"Any top point guard....Sebastian Telfair..Shaun Livingston...they all provide good competition," Rondo explained.

Although it will provide many local high school basketball enthusiasts with sadness, Rajon Rondo will head to Oak Hill Academy in the fall where he'll play for Head Coach Steve Smith at the Virginia basketball factory. 

"I got my acceptance paper June 30, so I'm accepted to go," Rondo told ITV.  Rondo is set to leave Louisville for his new school September 2.




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