A package deal to Louisville?

Two of the Louisville's top basketball targets in the Class of 2013 raised some eyebrows a few weeks ago when they talked about going to a college as a "package deal." Could it happen and could Louisville end up being the spot the duo lands?

Hampton, Va., small forward Troy Williams and Phoebus, Va., point guard Anthony "Cat" Barber are close friends and teammates on the Boo Williams travel team.

The two have talked on twitter and in the media about going to the same school, with only Louisville and Alabama recruiting both at the time.

"It wouldn't surprise me at all," said Boo Williams, the uncle of Williams and the legendary AAU figure who is mentoring both through the process. "No, I wouldn't be shocked at all if they went to school together and Louisville is up there with both of them. (Louisville) is doing a good job recruiting both of them."

Boo Williams said assistant coach Kevin Keatts has been the point man but when a decision is made, "it will be because of Rick Pitino, if they go there."

Barber, ranked No. 9 in the Class of 2013 by Scout.com, is looking at U of L, Kansas, Alabama and North Carolina State. The 6-foot-6, 180-pound Troy Williams is ranked No. 36 in the class and is considering Kentucky, North Carolina, U of L, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgetown. Boo Williams said Indiana and Kansas called on his nephew on Monday.

The players tweeted they could make a decision in a few weeks but neither has several schools on their list, including Louisville.

But when asked if Louisville was a viable option, Boo Williams said, "Oh yes."

"The style of play there really fits both of them and that makes a difference," the elder Williams said. "Plus, the history of the program and coach Pitino. There's really a good history there, so they like Louisville."

Boo Williams said "a question we will ask if we decide to go there," will be how long Rick Pitino will be the coach at Louisville.

"They like the program, but it's Rick Pitino first," he said.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Barber has been sensational this spring and summer on the AAU and camp circuit. He was a standout at the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp and the recent LeBron James Skills Academy.

Barber said U of L has been calling him "a whole, whole lot," and noted there have been several days when the entire staff sent him a text message.

"It's becoming a good relationship," he said. "Coach Pitino is way up there among the best coaches (in the country) and I really like him."

On the package deal with Williams, Barber said it's "a real possibility, yes."

"We've been playing together for a long time," he said. "It would be great."

Williams, who was expected to make a May 1 decision and pick either Kentucky or North Carolina, said he let other schools back in the mix and Louisville has made up ground. But he said he still "doesn't have any leader."

"(Louisville) is an option," he said. "Certainly."


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