Louisville basketball recruiting notebook

It's been almost a month since the college basketball recruiting period ended and there's been plenty of movement, including visits scheduled and pressure turned up on kids. Here are a few recruiting nuggets regarding Louisville targets:


Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha center BeeJay Anya wasn't one of the players that received a ton of attention from the Louisville staff in July.

The Cardinals watched Anya and tried to stay in the mix.

Now it appears Louisville might get a visit from the 6-foot-8, 255-pound Anya, who is ranked as the No. 4 center in the Class of 2013.

Anya told Pack Pride on Monday that he will begin to cut his list down in August and then set up some of his official visits.

"I don't have any set up yet, but Ohio State has a good chance of getting one and so does Indiana. NC State, I think they are going to get one," Anya told PackPride.com. "Louisville and probably Pittsburgh... UCLA is also in there so we'll see once I cut it down and set them up."

Anya has offers from plenty of other schools, including Syracuse.


U of L has two visitors slated to come in the weekend of Sept. 8 – Anthony "Cat" Barber and Marcus Lee.

It appears at this point that will be the first weekend the Cardinals host prospects.

Other players that could be making visits will be Moses Kingsley, Akoy Agau, Kyle Washington, Jarell Martin, JaJuan Johnson and Chris Jones.


Louisville is going hard after the 2013 prospects, while also positioning themselves in the mix for some of the top prospects in the Class of 2014.

One of those is Jahlil Okafor, who is ranked as the No. 1 center and No. 4 prospect overall in the '14 class. The 6-foot-8, 255-pound Okafor said his options are "open."

"I have not eliminated anybody yet," Okafor said. "It was a fun and exciting (spring and summer) and I think I improved a lot. Basketball is something I love doing and it's not tiring for me at all. I have a great opportunity."

A standout from Chicago Whitney Young, Okafor's list includes Arizona, Arkansas, DePaul, Duke, Georgetown, Louisville, Illinois, Kansas State, North Carolina, Ohio State and Wisconsin among others.

Okafor said he "hears from Louisville a lot. They seem like really good guys." He also noted that he knows current U of L player Wayne Blackshear and "he really likes it down there, so we'll just have to see."


In recent months, there have been rumblings of several AAU teams from the state of Kentucky joining the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League circuit.

And it appears that will come true very soon.

Nike Basketball is expected to announce soon that Travelers Basketball – which had been based out of Tennessee – will be based in the state of Kentucky.

The team has in invited into the prestigious Nike EBYL sessions during the spring, which then wraps up at the Nike Peach Jam in the summer.

The Travelers are expected to try and fill the roster with some of the state's elite prospects and will begin in the Nike EYBL next April.

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