SG from Florida moves up the list for Cards

The University of Louisville basketball staff is recruiting some top talent in the Class of 2015 and one of the main targets appears to be Orlando, Fla., shooting guard Antonio Blakeney. Cardinal Authority checked in with Blakeney.

Orlando, Fla., Oak Ridge High School shooting guard Antonio Blakeney has become one of the top targets for the University of Louisville in the Class of 2015.

The 6-foot-4 Blakeney not only made a visit to the U of L campus last month when he was in town for the John Lucas Midwest Invitational, but head coach Rick Pitino was in Orlando on Monday evaluating his game.

Blakeney said he has over 20 scholarship offers but was "really interested" and "really impressed" with what he's seen and heard from Louisville so far.

"I really like Louisville a lot," Blakeney said. "I like the program and I like the coaches. I know coach Pitino pushes his players to the limit."

Blakeney is also considering Florida, Kansas, Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, South Florida, Georgia Tech and plenty of others. He said there's no timetable for him to narrow his list of make a decision.

Scout.com lists Blakeney as the No. 68 player in the Class of 2015, but national analyst Evan Daniels was impressed with him at the Lucas event.

"From a pure scoring standpoint, Blakeney is one of the better guards I've come across in the 2015 class," Daniels said in his evaluation from that event. "His jump shot is consistent and he's able to make shots off the catch or off the dribble. He's comfortable attacking off the dribble, has a nice mid-range pull-up and also showed floaters at the John Lucas Camp.

"Since my first look at him in early June, Blakeney, a 6-foot-4 guard, has improved his game and has become a much more efficient scorer."

Blakeney is one of around 20 prospects with U of L offers in the '15 class.


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