Elbert Robinson is a top target for U of L

The University of Louisville men's basketball staff is searching for a big man in the Class of 2014. The Cardinals are in on several of the top prospects. Texas big man Elbert Robinson is seemingly one of the prime targets. Cardinal Authority caught up with the 6-foot-11, 275-pound Robinson.

Rick Pitino and his staff are searching for a center.

And one of the post prospects in the Class of 2014 who has piqued the University of Louisville staff's interest is Elbert Robinson.

The mammoth 7-foot, 275-pound Robinson has moved up into the No. 47 spot in the '14 class according to Scout.com and has the Cardinals on his final list of five schools heading into the summer.

"I like them a lot," Robinson said of Louisville. "I talk to Louisville like three times a week. Coach Pitino told me he liked my game and my mentality.

"Louisville is coming hard after me. I want to visit real soon."

A senior at Lakeview, Texas, Centennial, Robinson is the No. 6 ranked center prospect in the class. He's also still considering Georgetown, Ohio State, Kansas and Oklahoma State. He said he hopes to make a decision in the fall.

"I will take my five (official) visits," he said. "I don't want to rush it. I want to see the schools and make sure I pick the right spot.

"This is a great opportunity for me."

Robinson averaged 15 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots a game as a junior and recently averaged 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds a contest at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va.

The interest from U of L started last fall when assistant coach Wyking Jones came to his high school to watch practice.

Robinson said he has built a "really good" relationship with Jones and said he has talked with Pitino, who saw him this spring, several times.

"I like Louisville and the style they play," he said. "I really like how they use their big guys. I heard it's a great atmosphere and nice down there."

Robinson, who said a visit to U of L would likely come in the next month, is a late bloomer. He 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'm still trying to improve and get in better shape," Robinson said. "I'm scoring the ball better than I did (during the season). I feel like I've played well."

Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on Robinson's recruitment.

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