Here are a few things we learned on the road during the first week of the summer evaluation period last weekend:
1. Cards are serious about big men: The University of Louisville basketball staff is serious about landing some top-notch inside players in the Class of 2014. Rick Pitino and his staff tracked the big men throughout the first evaluation period. The Cardinals checked in on Trey Lyles, Goodluck Okonoboh, Cliff Alexander, Elbert Robinson, Leron Black, Devin Robinson, Angel Delgado and others. The Cardinals are set to take multiple players in the forward/center positions.
2. The ‘Q' Show is going to be just fine: Pitino and assistant coach Mike Balado checked in on commits Quentin Snider and JaQuan Lyle, playing together for the Louisville Magic. Pitino was all smiles watching the two future U of L players, who meshed quite well during the first few runs together. It looked like the two guards had played along side each other for years.
3. Pitino gave Robinson a shot: A lot of chatter recently about 7-foot, 325-pound big man Elbert Robinson and his fit for the Cardinals. Pitino had seen him in the spring and went out of his way last Friday – to Myrtle Beach, S.C., - for just one game to check in on Robinson at the Big Shots Tournament.
4. Young '14 prospect vaults up the list: The youngest 2014 prospect left on the board for the Cardinals – 16-year-old Jaylen Johnson – had two monster games with Rick Pitino and Balado watching. He went from on the list to a prime target for the Cardinals in a matter of 24 hours. Johnson is a solid prospect and the Cardinals are in good shape with the forward.
5. Still plenty of work to do: Pitino told Terry Meiners on WHAS-840 on Monday that the Cardinals still have 8-10 prospects on the wish list for the '14 class. So the staff has more work to do. They'll be back on the road on Wednesday with events in Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., Dallas and several other places.