Louisville hoops big weekend of visitors

The official visits for the University of Louisville men's and women's basketball begin this weekend with both programs bringing in a pair of prospects. The prospects are slated to arrive on Friday and attend the Louisville vs. Missouri State football game on Saturday. Cardinal Authority will have all the details.

It's official visit time for the Louisville basketball teams.

U of L men's coach Rick Pitino and staff will be hosting Hampton, Va., point guard Anthony "Cat" Barber and Antioch, Calif., post player Marcus Lee.

It marks the second official visit for both players but the first players that Cardinals have brought in on official visits this fall.

Barber is ranked No. 9 in the Scout.com top 100 and made a visit to Kansas last weekend and is expected to visit Alabama next weekend. A visit to North Carolina State is also possible before he makes a decision.

Barber had a sensational spring and summer and saw his name rise in the rankings. The Cardinals started recruiting Barber and AAU teammate and close friend Troy Williams in the spring.

Lee, who is ranked as the No. 37 player overall and No. 2 center in the class, made recent unofficial visits to UCLA and California. He has official visits set up later for Kentucky, Indiana and Duke and is also considering Kansas.

U of L stared recruiting Lee back in April when assistant coach Wyking Jones saw him at the first Nike Elite Youth Basketball League session in Minneapolis and the Cardinals offers just after the event.

U of L women's coach Jeff Walz is also getting involved with official visits this weekend. The women's team will host Brianna Ruiz and Imani Wright for officials.

The 5-foot-10 Ruiz is from Roseville, Calif., Del Oro High School and has more than 20 offers, including Kansas, Penn State and N.C. State. HoopGurlz ranks Ruiz No. 65 in the Class of 2013.

Wright is the No. 31 player in the '13 class and is a 5-foot-11 guard from Hooks, Tx., Liberty Eylau High School. She is looking at Baylor, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky among several other schools.

Cardinal Authority will have recaps of all the visits.

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