Cards checking out another big man

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – The University of Louisville's search for an inside player in the Class of 2013 has led the staff to check out a bunch of prospects. The latest player the staff has evaluated is a well traveled forward.

The Cardinals have checked out 6-foot-9, 230-pound Gavin Schilling, who will attend Findley Prep in Henderson, Nev., for his senior season. He's playing with Mac Irvin Fire in the EYBL Finals at Nike Peach Jam this weekend.

Schilling confirmed the Cardinals are pursuing him and that he had contact via text message with U of L coach Rick Pitino and several assistant coaches.

"Coach Pitino saw me play last weekend and said he was interested," Schilling said. "Louisville is a real good school, so I was definitely interested when he contacted me.

"But I am really just wide open right now. We'll just have to see."

Schilling has been all over – literally.

The under-the-radar forward was born in Germany but was raised in France. His mother is from the U.S. and he moved to the states eight years ago, spending his freshman season at Loyola High School near Chicago before attending Ursprink Academy in Germany as a sophomore and Chicago De La Salle last season.

"I went back to Germany for a year," he said. "I wanted to try and work on my skills and try to get a taste of what the European game was like."

Schilling, who averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds as a junior at De La Salle, said he has about 15 scholarship offers from colleges.

Among those schools that have offered are USC, Oregon State, Xavier, Penn State, Illinois, DePaul, Minnesota and Auburn.

"I have a lot of big schools looking at me," he said. "I'll see after this month."

But for now, Schilling is still just working on his game.

"I have improved my game a lot," he said. "I have been going to a lot of camps and stuff and trying to improve as much as I can.

"I am a really good rebounder and like to play inside and out. I just like trying to work hard and do whatever I can to help my team win."

Pitino is expected to watch Schilling again on Friday.

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