Pitino focuses on a few during second day

INDIANAPOLIS – The second day of the first July evaluation period is in the books and there was some news on the University of Louisville front. The Cardinals evaluated prospects in Indianapolis and Augusta, Ga.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino spent the second day of the first July evaluation period at the adidas Invitational focusing his attention on two current commitments and two prime targets.

Pitino and assistant coach Mike Balado arrived at the gym at North Central High School just before 8 a.m. for Ypsilanti, Mich., Jaylen Johnson. The 6-foot-9 Johnson turned in two impressive games, including 12 points and eight rebounds against No. 1 2015 player Stephen Zimmerman, in front of Pitino.

Johnson made a recent visit to U of L and said he has more than 15 scholarship offers, noting he "really liked that trip" to Louisville.

Pitino and Balado also watched Massachusetts standout center Goodluck Okonoboh twice during the day, including his triple-double – 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots – effort against Indiana Elite. He had 12 points and eight blocked shots later against the Franchize All-Stars.

The 6-foot-9 Okonoboh likely moved up a few spots on the list today for the U of L staff, noting the Cardinals are "a school I talk too all the time."

The two U of L coaches also watched a pair of games with Quentin Snider and JaQuan Lyle – two commitments – playing for the Louisville Magic.

Snider had 12 in the first game and 18 points, 13 assists and seven steals in a narrow win against a gutty Xtra Crispy team from Tennessee in the nightcap. He threw two alley-oops to Lyle, who had 15 points in the night game.

The two continue to show they solid together in the future.

Pitino also got a glimpse of 2015 No. 1 player Stephen Zimmerman from Dream Vision in a game against Johnson.

U of L assistant coach Kevin Keatts was in Augusta, Ga., at the Nike Peach Jam and saw Trey Lyles, who narrowed his list to four including U of L.

Keatts also saw Cliff Alexander, Kelly Ourbe, Zylan Chetham and Angel Delgado, a late-emerging target for the Cardinals.

Assistant coach Wyking Jones was off the road on Thursday.


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