Louisville basketball recruiting notebook

The new season is about to begin but the U of L men's basketball staff never stops on the recruiting trail. Cardinal Authority has a notebook with information on several U of L targets and potential targets.


U of L has started to get involved with some prospects in the Class of 2015 and is showing a lot of interest in the state's top 2016 prospect.

Taylor County star Quentin Goodin made a second trip to U of L this month on Sunday, watching the Red-White scrimmage with his father, Chris.

The 6-foot-2 Goodin has been in contact with the U of L staff and also came to campus several weeks ago to watch a practice.

Goodin's father said his son has been on two unofficial visits also to Purdue and has been to Tennessee, Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky.

Xavier and West Virginia have also expressed an interest.

Goodin averaged 11.1 points, 4.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds a game as an eighth-grader on the varsity level last season at Taylor County.


Several Class of 2013 prospects in recent weeks have still listed the Cardinals as a school they were still pursuing.

But at this point, Cardinal Authority is reporting the class is complete with the four players expected to sign next month – Anton Gill, Terry Rozier, Akoy Agua and Chris Jones. The Class ranks No. 4 in the Fox SportsNEXT team rankings.

The U of L staff is still keeping contact with a couple of 2013 prospects, just in case the Cardinals need to sign an extra player in the spring. The only way that would happen is if several players leave school early.

But at this point, the class is complete.


Evansville, Ind., Bosse standout junior guard Jaquan Lyle is a top-30 prospect with the Cardinals still ranked high on his list.

The 6-foot4, 205-pound Lyle said at the recent John Lucas Camp that he's looking a lot of schools with Kentucky, Louisville and Indiana near the top.

"It's just going to be whatever school can help me get better and is the best fit for me," Lyle said. "We'll just have to wait and see."

Lyle said he can play three positions on the floor, noting that he'll "do whatever the coach where I go wants me to do."

Lyle said he keeps in contact with U of L assistant coach Kevin Keatts and noted Rick Pitino was a big reason he's looking at the Cardinals.

"Rick Pitino is a terrific coach and it's close to home," Lyle said. "Louisville seems like a great fit, we'll just have to wait and see."


U of L head coach Rick Pitino has said several times that he's working harder than ever before on the recruiting front.

Pitino said last wee at Big East Media Day in New York that his current staff "is doing a great job of recruiting and really keeping me busy."

"I contacted the coach of a 2015 player last week and we had a 2016 kid, a freshman in high school, watch us practice," Pitino said. "That's never happened to me before, we never recruiting guys that young. Bit you have too now.

"But it's all about players now and you have to get out and see them and get to know them. It's all about recruiting."

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