U of L coaches wrapping up in Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Tracking the University of Louisville basketball coaches as the July evaluation period comes to an end on Sunday afternoon. It's been a busy week in Sin City for the coaches, who have they been tracking since Rick Pitino left.

City for the coaches, who have they been tracking since Rick Pitino left.

The picture hasn't become any clearer for the University of Louisville on the recruiting front this week in Las Vegas.

The Cardinals have actually added a new target – Michael Humphrey – and have still evaluated the other top one on the board.

U of L coach Rick Pitino left Las Vegas on Friday night and attended Peyton Siva's wedding on Saturday. He will also put the current Cardinals' through their final workout of the spring/summer eight-week period on Sunday.

The three assistant coaches – Wyking Jones, Kevin Keatts and Mike Balado – will all come off the road on Sunday when the evaluation period ends at 5 p.m. Per NCAA rules, this is the final evaluation period of the summer.

The U of L coaches will then huddle this week and begin to start preparing to bring guys in on visits next month. The Cardinals already have three commitments and are looking to sign three inside players.

All three commitments have been tracked this week by the staff,

Each of the four coaches watches Quentin Snider, JaQuan Lyle and Shaqquan Aaron at some point during the week.

Snider played his final game of the summer late Saturday night when the Louisville Magic fell to Mo Williams Elite in the Fab 48 second round. Snider had a sensational week in Las Vegas, capping a summer that should help put him in contention for a spot on the McDonald's All-American team.

Lyle is playing in two tournaments with Mac Irvin Fire and he's been outstanding this week. Mac Irvin is in the title game of The 8 Tournament and the quarterfinals of the Las Vegas Classic.

Aaron also has Seattle Rotary in the quarterfinals of the Las Vegas Classic.

Of all the other targets in town, Cliff Alexander has received the most love from the U of L staff. He does play on Mac Irvin Fire with Lyle but to this point the U of L staff has been to every one of his games.

The U of L staff continued on Saturday to track big man Elbert Robinson, whose team lost, and Michael Humphrey, who picked up a U of L offer on Saturday and was also then later eliminated from the event.

Humphrey is a 6-foot-9 athletic big man from Arizona, who told Cardinal Authority after the offer that he was "really wide open," and said it wasn't too late for the Cardinals to try and jump in the mix.

Jaylen Johnson's team also lost on Saturday morning with U of L coaches in attendance, while junior Dwayne Bacon received a lot of attention.

Wyking Jones also checked out junior Chance Comanche several times, while watching Malik Newman, Tyler Dorsey and Ivan Rabb a few times.

A few more new names will surface in the next few days for the U of L staff. Cardinal Authority will be there to track any news.


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