Memphis star building relationship with Cards

MILWAUKEE – University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino checked in on 2014 target Leron Black several times last week at the Summer Jam. Cardinal Authority caught up with Black about his recruitment.

Memphis native Leron Black is one of the premier prospects in the country in the 2014 class and Louisville has recently jumped back into the picture for the 6-foot-7, 195-pound forward out of White Station High School.

Black, who is ranked as the No. 23 player in the rankings, told Cardinal Authority that he has a scholarship offer from Louisville to go along with offers from Memphis, Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia Tech and Florida State.

Black broke down how Louisville has been recruiting him and said he's been in touch with the U of L coaches a lot recently.

"It's been good (with Louisville)," Black said. "I've been talking to Coach (Wyking) Jones a lot and I talked to Rick Pitino on the phone once and we text sometimes and we're getting close."

Black said that one of the key factors for Louisville recruiting him is playing time.

"They feel like I can come in and play a lot because they're losing their frontcourt probably this year so I can come in and get a lot of time," Black said.

It also helps that Louisville plays the kind of tempo that Black is looking for, which is up-tempo. Black also has another factor in mind when deciding on a future college program.

"I want to play an up tempo game and run a lot; I want to get a lot of fast breaks," Black said. "And I'm big on my faith so I want to go somewhere where I can talk to the coach about my faith or the coach believes in the same thing."

Black is used to playing in an up tempo system with Team Thad, and his jumper has improved quite a bit since the spring. Still, he said a lot of college coaches aren't throwing him into a position on the court.

"I've been working on (my jumper) a lot. It's what everybody told me I needed to work on the most, so I've just been working on it the most," Black said. "A lot of coaches tell me I'm just a player, so it wouldn't matter what position I'm on when I'm on the court. If I'm at the '4' I'll go out and rebound and take the big's outside and go off the dribble, but if I'm on the wing I can post up smaller guards and get post position. I'm just a player."

Although Black has some schools in mind for visits, he hasn't set any officials visits up to this point.

"I haven't planned any official visits but when we go to Orlando for the Nationals, I'm gonna stay up there and visit Florida," Black said. "But as far as the other schools go I'm not sure where I'm taking my official visits yet."

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