U of L jumps in with Canadian star

The University of Louisville basketball staff has spent a lot of time at the Nike Global Challenge this weekend in Washington, D.C. The Cardinals have two commitments playing in the event but have also been looking at some of the younger talent. One of the players the Cardinals have been recruiting is Chris Egi, a Canadian 6-foot-9, 200-pound 2015 prospect.

Chris Egi, the top-ranked Canadian player in the Class of 2015, is on the radar of the University of Louisville basketball staff. The Cardinals watched Egi in Washington D.C. this weekend at the Nike Global Challenge.

The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Egi, who will attend Montverde, Fla., Academy this school year, was named co-International MVP of the Global Games.

He answered a few questions for Cardinal Authority:

Cardinal Authority: What offers do you have?

Egi: "Marquette, Illinois, Washington, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt."

CA: Others showing interest but no offers?

Egi: "Stanford, California, Cincinnati."

CA: Who is coming at you the hardest?

Egi: "Probably Washington and Harvard."

CA: Have you taken any visits?

Egi: "I haven't gone on any visits yet."

CA: Do you have a timetable for a commitment?

Egi: "After I take all my visits. So hopefully after the Live Period I'll sit down with my parents and plan that out."

CA: Is location a major factor?

Egi: "No, not really, I just want to have a good place to go to school."

CA: How important is academics to your decision?

Egi: "It's probably one of the deciding factors in my decision."

CA: Louisville has been watching, any thoughts on them?

Egi: "Well they just won the national championship so that would be a great place to go. They have a great coach in coach [Rick] Pitino. And I like the way they pressure, let you use your athleticism on the team."

CA: Any thoughts on how Pitino coaches?

Egi: "I personally like the way he coaches. He gets on the players a little bit, but I think that's what you need to reach your potential."

CA: Did you watch them play this year and any thoughts?

Egi: "Yeah, I got to watch them play a couple times. I thought they were really good. Russ Smith is really fast. They just had really quick, athletic [players] and they use that to their advantage."

CA: Do you know any of the U of L players?

Egi: "Well, I met Montrzel Harrell when I was at the World Championships in Prague. He's a real cool guy."

CA: What's the strongest point of game?

Egi: "I think just my motor, my ability to always be playing hard. I outwork my opponent."

CA: Weakest?

Egi: "Probably my basketball IQ, just knowing when to make the right plays and such."

CA: Any goals for the rest of the summer?

Egi: "My goals for the summer [are to] hopefully just finish up the Live Period playing well and then to get better and get ready for my next high school season."

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