Texas big man has Cards high on his list

The University of Louisville's basketball recruiting focus for the Class of 2014 now shifts into the post. The Cardinals will try to add a post player to the class, which already includes a top point guard and a standout wing. Cardinal Authority has an update on one of the top targets for the center position.

The University of Louisville basketball staff is recruiting many of the top post player prospects in the Class of 2014.

The Cardinals need to add a center to the class.

One of the players that figures to get a lot of attention from the staff in the coming months is Garland, Tx., Lakeview Centennial High School center Elbert Robinson, who has been on the U of L radar since last summer.

The 6-foot-11, 285-pound Robinson said he holds a bunch of offers, including Louisville, and that his recruitment "is really picking up."

"Louisville is high on my list and I really like the Louisville coaching staff," Robinson said. "But my list, it's a lot of schools right now. I have been talking with my parents about trying to narrow it down."

Robinson, the No. 8 post prospect in the Class of 2014 in the Scout.com rankings, is having a bang-up junior season. He's averaging 15 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots for Lakeview Centennial.

According to Scout.com national analyst Brian Snow, "Robinson has soft hands, nimble feet, and knows how to carve space down low with his big frame."

Robinson reeled off a long list of schools, including U of L, Kansas, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, Alabama and then said "a lot of others."

On the national stage, Robinson was a relative unknown until last spring. He was a standout at the Nike Elite 100 camp in June and played well on the AAU circuit.

Robinson was just 6-foot-1 when he was entering high school and said he grew five inches during the summer between his freshman and sophomore years of high school. His dad is 6-foot-6 and he noted his grandmother is 6-4.

"I really didn't start growing until the ninth grade," Robinson said. "I feel like I have improved a lot and still need to work a lot on my defense. But I am getting better on both ends of the court."

The relationship with Louisville started with assistant coach Wyking Jones showing up at his school for a practice. He said he's built a "really good" relationship with Jones and is "trying to get up there" for a visit soon.

"He said he had heard of good things about me," Robinson said of Jones. "I like Louisville. Coach Pitino is a great coach. I heard it's great up there."

Cardinal Authority will keep you up-to-date on the U of L recruiting.

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