U of L jumps in mix for Arizona '14 big man

LAS VEGAS – The University of Louisville is trying to add up to three inside players to the recruiting Class of 2014. The Cardinals are in on a bunch of top prospects, including a new name on the board – Michael Humphrey. Cardinal Authority talked with Humphrey just after he played a game in the Fab 48 on Friday.

Add another name to the target list of post players the University of Louisville basketball staff is looking at in the Class of 2014.

U of L coach Rick Pitino reached out earlier in the week and made contact with Phoenix, Ariz., Sunnyslope big man Michael Humphrey. Pitino saw the 6-foot-10, 215-pound Humphrey in action on Thursday at the Fab 48.

"I have talked with coach Pitino a little bit," Humphrey said. "That's a great school and they obviously had a great year last year and the past few years.

"It's a historic program and they have a great coach."

Humphrey said when he chatted with Pitino that the future Hall of Fame coach said he would be "in touch this weekend," when the event was over.

"They're a school I will have to look at," he said.

Humphrey has blown up on the recruiting front in recent weeks, landing a number of offers from elite programs. He has offers from Indiana, Arizona, UCLA, USC, Texas, Vanderbilt and Virginia among others.

Humphrey said "off the top of my head, I can't name them all" about the offers noting there's a new team calling about every day.

"Right now, I am still completely wide open," he said. "It's going really well and I think after this I will go home and sit down and narrow my list.

"I need to see where I want to take some visits."

While Humphrey wasn't ready to say he had any favorites or even wanted to visit a school, it's clear at his games that he's become a priority. The entire Pac-12 Conference was at his game on Friday night.

"It's been great," he said. "I just need to stay humble and keep working hard. Every day things are really picking up, but I'm just wide open."

Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on the Humphrey recruitment.

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