U of L hoops: Saturday recruiting notes

ST. LOUIS – The University of Louisville basketball staff has covered a lot of ground this week during the first evaluation period of July. Cardinal Authority has been tracking the places the staff has been and the players they have seen. Here's a notebook from some of the action on Saturday.


With the program needing to add a few big men to the Class of 2014, the staff has cast a wide net of prospects they are recruiting to fill those holes.

Included among that list of targets is several junior college players.

U of L assistant coach Mike Balado was in St. Charles, Mo., on Saturday evening watching those JUCO players at the Mullen's Top 100 JC Camp.

The best of the JUCO targets is Chipola, Fla., power forward Cinmeon Bowers, who is originally from Oak Creek, Wisc., and averaged 11 points and 6.9 rebounds a game last season. He was a first-team All-Conference player.

The 6-foot-7, 255-pound Bowers is looking at Memphis and other schools, including U of L. He had the best performance of the day in the first game, dominating the paint including two monster dunks and then had eight points and four rebounds in the first half before picking up two technicals in the second game.

Balado also watched Lipscomb transfer Stephen Hurt, a 6-foot-10, 285-pound center who is now at Northwest Florida State College where Chris Jones attended. Hurt averaged 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds as a freshman at Lipscomb.

He was named Atlantic-Sun Freshman of the Year and also lists Indiana and Tennessee as schools he's looking at. U of L has not offered.

Other players at the JUCO event that could be targets include 7-foot-1 center Anthony Allen of Lamar State-Port St. Arthur, Tx., and 6-foot-8 center Tyrone Haughton of Iowa Western.


U of L commitments Quentin Snider and JaQuan Lyle lost their first game of the day with the Louisville Magic, falling by 25 to Eric Gordon All-Stars.

The Magic went 3-0 in pool play and won the first round of the tournament before losing and exiting the adidas Invitational.

Snider and the rest of the Magic will attend a two-game showcase next week in Redondo Beach, Calif., before heading to the Fab 48 in Las Vegas.

Lyle will play at the Nike Global Games in Washington, D.C., next weekend and then play with the Mac Irvin Fire in Las Vegas the final evaluation period.

The other major targets, including '14 center Goodluck Okonoboh, of the Cardinals have all been eliminated in Indianapolis.


Memphis forward Leron Black has become a major target for the U of L staff this summer and is having a great week in Aiken, S.C.

Black is 6-0 with his Team Thad squad in the Peach State Showcase.

U of L coaches have been to see Black several times, including Pitino on Friday. Team Thad will play in the quarterfinals on Sunday morning.


Junior Alex Owens, who holds an offer from U of L, had a huge game in limited minutes for E1T1 on Saturday evening.

Owens had seven points and nine rebounds in 15 minutes as E1T1 beat Meanstreets and '15 target Charles Matthews.

E1T1 now plays Team Penny in the Peach Jam semifinals on Sunday morning in Augusta, S.C., before the title game is 7:30 p.m.

Matthews had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

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