Louisville hoops: Target evaluations

Cardinal Authority spent the first evaluation period of July on the road checking out University of Louisville prospects at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis and the Mullen's Top 100 JUCO Camp in St. Louis. Here are evaluations of players the Cardinals are recruiting in the next few classes.

A bunch of University of Louisville targets played last week in the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis and the Mullen's Top 100 JUCO Camp in St. Louis.

Here are evaluations of the top U of L targets by Cardinal Authority.

2014 Center Goodluck Okonoboh, Mass Rivals: The 6-foot-9 Okonoboh is limited at this point on the offensive end of the floor, but he's ready to step in at the college level on defense. He's an elite shot-blocker – perhaps the best in the country – and has all the tools he needs to protect the rim in college. He blocked five or more shots in three of the five games we watched last week. Okonoboh was high school teammates with NBA Lottery pick Nerlens Noel and he has the same type of shot-blocking style that Noel possesses – a lot on timing. He was one of the best players in the adidas Invitational. Okonoboh doesn't have great technique at the free-throw line and needs confidence on the defensive end but he's ready to go on defense. Louisville is heavily involved and is hoping for an official visit.

2014 Forward Jaylen Johnson, Dorian's Pride: Perhaps the most impressive performer of the week after finding out he's only 16 years old. Johnson's ceiling is perhaps as high as any player in the country. He's already an elite athlete with great ball skills and tremendous length. He's only going to get better as he matures in college. Johnson took the ball right at '15 No. 1 player Stephen Zimmerman and was impressive in another game going against a much smaller post type player. He stepped out to hit a few mid-range jump shots and seemed to have all the confidence in the world. His mother was a tremendous player at Wisconsin and is about 6-foot-5, so there's a chance he could grow beyond 6-9. U of L is heavily involved and he would be a great addition to the program.

2014 Forward Craig Victor, New Orleans Elite: Considered an elite-level forward, Victor didn't play well in the two games we saw and U of L coach Rick Pitino was at both of those games. He wasn't involved on the offensive end and didn't rebound for his team. Don't expect him to remain a U of L target.

2015 Center Stephan Zimmerman, Dream Vision: The No. 1 player in the Scout.com Class of 2015 rankings upheld his lofty expectations with a solid week on the court. In the two games we saw, Zimmerman can run the floor, has amazing court awareness and held his on defense and the glass. He didn't see the ball a ton on the offensive end, getting a lot of points on putbacks and creating his own shot. U of L was one of the first calls he received when juniors could get calls, his mother said he likes the Cardinals and the staff hopes to stay in the mix.

2015 Guard Jalen Coleman, Indiana Elite: One of my favorite players of the weekend, the 6-foot-4 Coleman is a big-time playmaker. He can score in so many different ways and in one game showed off some elite passing skills. Coleman did a lot of driving and was sometimes unstoppable. It remains to be seen if the staff tries to get involved more but Coleman did visit U of L recently.

2016 Guard Quentin Goodin, Hoop Dreams: The top player in Kentucky in the '16 class, Goodin showed off his skills at the adidas event. He was perhaps the best younger player we watched with his developing skill set. He's an elite-level guard who is just realizing how much talent he has to work with. Goodin keeps improving and look for the Cards to make him a priority in the future.

2016 Guard Eron Gordon, Eric Gordon All-Stars: The younger brother of former Indiana standout Eric Gordon isn't up to his brothers' level just yet. The 6-foot-2 Gordon is a combo guard who has all the skills to work with and appears to be a little bigger than he was during the spring. He's going to be a good one.


2014 Forward Cinmeon Bowers, Chipola, Fla.: The 6-foot-7, 255-pound Bowers was the best player at the JUCO event and has tons of colleges looking at him. He's a clone of current U of L junior Chane Behanan with his size and strength but showed more skill and versatility than Behanan. Bowers had two impressive dunks, showing his explosiveness, and hit his free throws. He's a monster on the boards. Memphis is in strong but the Cardinals will try to land Bowers.

2014 Center Stephen Hurt, NW Florida State: Hurt played as a freshman at Lipscomb and is now at the junior-college where U of L junior Chris Jones was for two years. Hurt is a big-body center who is a true back-to-the basket player. He has great hands, an impressive skill set but was out of shape. Will be interesting to see if the Cardinals make a move on the center.

2014 Center Ty Haughton, Iowa Western: The former South Carolina commitment is skinny but has a huge wingspan. The Cardinals had been mentioned by Haughton but he didn't show in his game that he could play in the ACC.

2014 Center Anthony Allen, Lamar State College-Port Arthur: The 7-foot-1 Allen is a former Ohio University signee but showed he was one of the elite JUCO centers last weekend. He runs the floor, has a high motor and plays with a lot of intensity. Allen has a massive wingspan. He blocked 155 shots in 30 games last season, leading all of the junior-college ranks in blocks.

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