Louisville recruiting top in-state '15 guard

A few new names always pop up for college basketball programs on the recruiting front after the first July evaluation period. And that's exactly what has happened for the University of Louisville. The newest name the Cardinals are showing interest in just happens to be from the state of Kentucky. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

Knott County Central High School junior guard Camron Justice has been fielding all sorts of calls from college coaches in recent weeks.

But the one he received on Saturday night after his Kentucky Travelers team were eliminated from the Nike Peach Jam was a surprise.

University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino called Justice, spoke with Kentucky's top prospect in the Class of 2015 for 30 minutes and said the Cardinals were jumping into his recruiting process.

"It kind of shocked me at first," Justice said. "But we talked for a long time. He told me he watched me play and that he liked my game. He told me about the school and their program and some things I needed to work on.

"It was pretty nice to hear from him."

The 6-foot-2 Justice said it was the first time he had heard from U of L. Pitino and assistant coach Kevin Keatts watched Justice on Saturday afternoon with his Travelers team in a loss to Meanstreets.

Justice has offers from Tennessee, Western Kentucky, UAB and Morehead State. He hears regularly from Indiana and also has interest from Wake Forest and Clemson among a bunch of other schools.

During the 18 EYBL games prior to the Peach Jam, Justice averaged 11.5 points a game for the Travelers. He was 39 of 80 from three-point range in those games.

"I love his toughness and his ability to make shots," Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels said. "He shoots it well from mid-range and can heat up in a hurry."

Justice said he saw Pitino in the crowd watching his game on Saturday but when asked if he knew he was watching him, Justice said "no, not exactly."

Justice said all the interest has been "really great" and noted he grew up a college basketball fan but that any interest from in-state powers U of L or Kentucky would "just be great for me. That's what you dream about."

Playing in the EYBL with the Travelers not only helped his game but also got his name out there to the college coaches.

"It's been great for me," he said. "It's made me better and helped me tremendously."

The Travelers are off this next week before heading to Kansas City to end the season during the last week of this month.

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