Two new names to watch in '14 class

Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville staff checked out a bunch of Class of 2014 prospects during the three summer evaluation periods. Among the players the Cardinals are now in touch with include a pair of Illinois stars who played on the Indiana Elite 16s team.

Pitino and assistant coach Kareem Richardson both watched Paul Turner and Milik Yarbrough play at the adidas Invitational in early July and Richardson followed it up with contact and watching the players again.

Turner is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound small forward from Westchester, Ill., St. Joseph, while Yarborough is a 6-foot-5, 190-pound forward from Zion, Ill., Benton and is the brother of former Tennessee star Vincent Yarbrough.

"I know about Louisville and the program," said Yarbrough, who lives just North of Chicago. "Being from around Chicago, I know Wayne (Blackshear) well and I know about them. It's a good program."

Both players competed in the adidas Nations event that ended Monday in Southern California and are worth watching over the course of the next year or so in the recruiting process. Both already have offers but neither has an offer from U of L.

Yarbrough, who played on the winning team at adidas Nations, said he already has an offer from Illinois. He's hearing from Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Xavier.

"I am a taller, stronger guard," Yarbrough said. "I think I bother people on defense with my length and I'm hard to guard because of my strength.

"I just need to keep improving and keep working hard."

Turner claims offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Xavier and also mentioned Florida, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, New Mexico and Nebraska.

"I'm trying to make myself have a solid all-around game," Turner said. "Coaches like my athletic ability. They're all telling me they're interested."

These are just a couple of names to be aware of for the future.

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