New targets surfacing for U of L basketball

The University of Louisville basketball staff continues to scour the country for prospects in the Class of 2014. The Cardinals have two commitments and several main targets but recently a couple of other names have surfaced. Cardinal Authority has the latest on the two new names.

The recruiting of the Class of 2014 has been mighty eventful for the University of Louisville basketball staff.

The Cardinal still have two solid commitments – Shaqquan Aaron and Jaylen Johnson – after losing a couple of commitments – Quentin Snider and JaQuan Lyle – in the past six weeks and both are ranked in the top 50.

U of L is also still after its top targets - Trey Lyles, Jonah Bolden and Chinanu Onuaku – and hope to land one or more of those prospects.

But the Cardinals are now extending their search and checking out other prospects with as many as three scholarships available.

Among the new names that have surfaced include junior-college center Anthony Allen and center Bakary Konate, a native of Mali playing in Kansas.

Louisville has also been keeping in close contact with Allen, a former Ohio U. commitment now Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Tx. He spent one season as a redshirt at Southern Idaho before heading to Lamar State.

The 7-foot-1 Allen averaged 8.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and led all of JUCO ranks with blocked shots at 6.5 a game last season.

A native of Bridgeport, Conn., Allen told Cardinal Authority on Monday night that U of L assistant coach Wyking Jones was in to watch him play last week. U of L assistant coach Mike Balado saw him at a JUCO event in St. Louis this summer.

Allen said most of the college contact has "been through my coaches and I am just worried about playing and getting better."

Allen, who has a 7-foot-5 wing span, lists his hometown as Kingston, Jamaica, and he helped his high school team in Connecticut to a pair of state titles.

The 6-11, 220-pound Konate attends Sunrise Christian School in Wichita, Kan., and was watched on Sunday by U of L coach Rick Pitino.

Konate is on the prep school team and not the high school team at Sunrise.

Both of these guys are just two names to watch for over the course of the next few weeks. There will be other names to surface.

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