July Recruiting Breakdown

It's July, which means college basketball is heating up. Louisville already has Anton Gill locked up for 2013. Now, Rick Pitino and staff are preparing to hit the road in search of more future stars. Here's who the Cardinals will track closely this month.

The July evaluation period is nearly upon us. For Rick Pitino's coaching staff it's an important month on the recruiting trail in search of tomorrow's stars.

Louisville already has a verbal commitment from Anton Gill, one of the top all-around guards in the nation. Now, Pitino has to land a few more key pieces for his 2013 recruiting class.

Here's a closer look at several of Louisville's top 2013 recruiting targets heading into July:

Anthony Barber, PG, Hampton, Va.
Multiple reports surfaced last week that the five-star PG had narrowed his recruiting focus down to Alabama and Kansas. That was before Barber told Scout.com that Louisville remained under consideration and could receive a visit soon. A game-changer with his speed and athleticism, Barber is one to watch closely this month.

Anthony Barber
Chris Walker, C, Bonifay, FL
A five-star prospect, Walker will be tough to pry from Florida coach Billy Donovan. Still, Walker says that Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville and Ohio State are still under consideration heading into the evaluation period. Pitino upstaged Donovan in the NCAA Elite Eight. Can he do the same thing this summer on the recruiting trail with Walker?

Jarrell Martin, PF, Baton Rouge, La.
The four-star power forward has been outstanding this spring and cut his list to 10 schools prior to the July period. Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, LSU, Oklahoma State, St. John's, Teas A&M, Tulane and UCLA remain under consideration by Martin, who has already visited Rick Pitino's program. He's definitely one worth watching.

Jermaine Lawrence, PF, Sparta, NJ
A five-star prospect, the 6-9 Lawrence is one of the most talented prospects in the nation. Lawrence lists Rutgers, Cincinnati, Baylor, Maryland, UNLV, St. John's, Syracuse and Kansas. The question: Will Louisville make a July move to get involved?

Jordan Mickey, F, Arlington, TX
The five-star forward has been serious about his recruitment this spring, visiting Louisville, Ohio State, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas and SMU. Louisville and Ohio State appear in really good shape heading into July and figure to make Mickey's final cut. Official visits this fall likely will factor heavily in Mickey's decision. An offer from Kentucky also could be a major factor.

Jordan Mickey
Troy Williams, SF, Hampton, Va.
North Carolina and Kentucky remain the favorites for Williams, but will the Wildcats or Tar Heels move on the four-star forward in July or turn their attention to other prospects? If Kentucky and UNC go other directions, look for Louisville, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgetown to make moves for Williams' services.

Moses Kingsley, C, Huntington, WV
The four-star center recently transferred from New Albany, MS to Huntington Prep, but Louisville, Florida and Arkansas remain the leading contenders for the talented shot blocker heading into July. Kingsley has already visited Louisville, and assistant Wyking Jones has worked this one hard all spring. This one could be an interesting recruitment to watch unfold this summer.

Kaviar Shepherd, C, Arlington, TX
A teammate of Jordan Mickey, the 6-10 Shepherd has made recent visits to Louisville, UCLA and LSU. Though the four-star prospect is playing his cards close to the vest when it comes to his recruitment, the three programs he visited, in addition to SMU, Georgetown, Kansas, Texas A&M, Florida State and Gonzaga are the leading contenders.

Jajuan Johnson, SG, Memphis, TN
The four-star guard made June visits to Louisville, Cincinnati, Alabama, Ole Miss and Memphis. West Virginia, Florida State, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Auburn and Marquette all have offered. Johnson told InsideTheVille.com following his visit that the Cards will make the cut when he narrows his list to five schools.

Kyle Washington, C, Lakeville, CT
The three-star center still has a lengthy list that consists of Wisconsin, Washington, Marquette, Notre Dame, Baylor, Louisville and Florida. Washington, one of the top rising big men in his class, could be poised for a big July, and has been talking about making a visit to Louisville in the near future. He's certainly on the Cards recruiting radar.

Kennedy Meeks, C, Charlotte, NC
Meeks, a four-star prospect, is an interesting prospect if he gets in better shape. The big man told InsideTheVille.com he remains 'wide open' with his recruitment, but appears focused on North Carolina, Louisville, Indiana, Georgetown, and NC State. July will be a critical proving ground for the promising center who led NBA Top 100 camp in rebounding last month.

These guys don't have offers but are ones to remember in July: Damian Jones, PF, Baton Rouge, La.; Davon Reed, SF, Princeton, NJ; Jarquez Smith, PF, Gray, Ga; Akoy Agau, C, Omaha, NE; Kuran Iverson, PF, West Hartford, CT; Sterling Brown, SF, Maywood, IL.

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