U of L hoops after a lot of top '15 talent

Scout.com has released a top 100 prospects in basketball for the Class of 2015 and the University of Louisville staff has positioned the program in good shape with a bunch of the top players in the class. Cardinal Authority takes a look.

The University of Louisville basketball staff doesn't have a commitment in the Class of 2015. But the Cardinals are in good position with some top players.

U of L coach Rick Pitino and his staff are in the mix for nine of the top 11 prospects in the updated Scout.com rankings for the Class of 2015.

"Rick Pitino and his staff have clearly done an excellent job in 2014, and now an eye has to be moved to the 2015 class," Scout.com national analyst Brian Snow said.

The new No. 1 prospect in the country – Malik Newman of Jackson, Miss., - is a 6-fot-3 shooting guard and confirmed to Cardinal Authority in late July that the Louisville staff was "coming after me hard."

U of L has also offered and is in the mix with No. 2 Stephen Zimmerman (6-11, C) of Las Vegas, No. 4 Ivan Rabb (6-9, F) of Oakland, Calif., No. 6 Cheick Diallo (6-9, Centerreach, N.Y.) and No. 7 Tyler Dorsey (6-4, G) of Bellflower, Calif.

The Cardinals have also offered No. 10 Jaylen Brown (6-6) of Marietta, Ga., No. 11 Elijah Thomas (6-8, F) of Dallas, No. 15 Luke Kennard (6-4, G) Franklin, Ohio, No. 20 Dwayne Bacon (6-5, G) of Lakeland, Fla.

Other '15 prospects already offered by U of L: No. 34 Daniel Giddens (6-11) of Marietta, Ga., No. 48 Will Jackson (6-5) of Athens, Ga., No. 62 KeVaughn Allen (6-2) of North Little Rock, Ark., No. 69 Brandon Sampson (6-4) Baton Rouge, La., No. 70 Antonio Blakeney (6-4) of Orlando, Fla., and No. 75 Alex Owens (No. 75) of Oldsmar, Fla.

U of L is also in the mix with No. 9 Carlton Bragg, No. 18 Montaque Gill Caesar, No. 21 Isaiah Briscoe, No. 30 Chance Comanche of Los Angeles, No. 36 Chris Egi, No. 43 D.J. Hogg, No. 50 Perry Dozier and No. 51 Brandon Ingram.

Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on the '15 class.

Click the link below to see all the prospects the U of L staff is looking at in the Class of 2015:


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