U of L signees cheering on Cards in title run

ATLANTA – One of the better recruiting classes in the Rick Pitino-era at the University of Louisville won't suit up until next fall. But members of the Cardinals' Class of 2013 say they already feel part of the team and have been monitoring the team's every move during the NCAA Tournament run.

Chris Jones said he's been doing a lot of cheering at his television in recent weeks, while Terry Rozier said he can't stay on his seat.

The two members of the University of Louisville basketball programs signing class, which also includes Anton Gill and Akoy Agau, have been monitoring what the current U of L team has been doing in the NCAA Tournament run.

The consensus of the members of the Class of 2013 – of course – is the Cardinals are going to win a national title this weekend in Atlanta.

"Coach Pitino has done such a great job," Rozier said. "They've been a lot of fun to watch and it's been a great feeling seeing them play like this.

"I've been on the edge of my seat cheering them on."

Rozier, the No. 15 ranked player in the Class of 2013 by Scout.com, played this past season at Chatham, Va., Hargrave Military Academy with fellow U of L signee Anton Gill. He said he's been watching the tournament run very close.

"I've been watching and paying attention to a lot of things," Rozier said. "They're so good. But I've been focused on what they're doing. I'm excited to get there."

Gill averaged just under 30 points a game this season for Hargrave, while Gill – who is the No. 46 ranked player in the country – also averaged around 30 a game.

Jones, a former Tennessee signee who Northwest Florida State College for two seasons, is considered the top junior-college point guard in the country. U of L coach Rick Pitino said he would be Peyton Siva's replacement.

"I'm paying close attention to the games, watching the system and can't wait until that's me out there," Jones said. "They play so hard and keep working hard to improve. It's been a lot of fun to watch."

Jones averaged 21.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists a game for NW Florida and is considered the top player in the JUCO ranks. He led NW Florida to a runner-up finish in the national tournament two years in a row.

The 6-foot-9 Agau is a standout from Omaha, Neb., Central who said he's also been "very exciting for me to sit and watch and knows that's going to be me."

Agau said he's excited the Cardinals are favored to win it all and "will be watching this weekend. It's very special to watch them do this."

Agau averaged 13 points and six rebounds a game as a senior and helped Omaha Central to a fourth consecutive Class A state title.


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