NBPA Camp: Louisville notebook

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Cardinal Authority was on hand for the first day of the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp at the University of Virginia. Here's a notebook of items regarding University of Louisville prospects.


Myles Turner is one of the top rising prospects this spring and summer, taking his game likely into the top 15 of the rankings.

With the rise, Turner has also seen a drastic spike in his recruitment.

The 6-foot-11 Euless, Tx., Trinity center continued his surge and was a force on the opening day of the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp.

And for Louisville fans, you will be happy to know the Cardinals are in the mix. He said he has talked to Rick Pitino and noted the Cards were "not too late" to jump into the process and get a close look.

"I love their style," Turner said.

Turner is currently unranked, but that is certain to change in the days to come. He has landed offers from Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and USC, among others.

He said Duke, Kentucky, Stanford and UCLA are others showing interest.


Expect to see New York Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead to try and get to Louisville for a visit later this month.

Whitehead said U of L, Syracuse and St. John's were recruiting him the hardest at this point and he'll probably check out all three soon. He has already been to Syracuse and noted St. John's is "in my back yard."

The No. 43 prospect in the country, according to Scout.com, Whitehead was one of the top players on the first day of the camp. He was named MVP of both games that he participated in on the opening day.


Another player on the rise is Devin Robinson, who had a great first day just one day after returning from Italy where he competed in the adidas Euro Games.

The 6-foot-7 wing said Virginia Commonwealth is coming after him the hardest because they "want me to stay home."

But the Christchurch (Va.) standout also mentioned Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Kansas, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Indiana, Towson and Louisville among others.

Robinson said Louisville has "high, high interest" in him and that he's trying to build a relationship with the coaching staff.

"It's early in the process for me," he said.


The U of L staff has been searching the country for big men and plenty of post players in the Class of 2014 have been evaluated and contacted.

One new name is Isaiah Manderson.

The 6-foot-10 center is a native of the Bronx but calls Atlanta home. He attended New Garden of Friends School in Greensboro, N.C., last season after spending the previous season at Alpharetta, Ga., Milton. Manderson said Jones came down to watch him in practice at Milton and has been in contact since then.

Manderson said he has talked with U of L several times and "would be interested because they're the NCAA champions."

He has offers from Mississippi State, Oregon State, Iona, UCLA and Georgia and has several other schools showing interest.

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