Pitino watches top '15 target Blakeney

Orlando, Fla., Oak Ridge High School shooting guard Antonio Blakeney has become one of the top targets for the University of Louisville basketball staff in the Class of 2015. U of L coach Rick Pitino checked him out on Saturday.

Orlando, Fla., Oak Ridge High School shooting guard Antonio Blakeney drew a crowd on Saturday night in a game against Bartow.

Blakeney finished with 24 points, six eight rebounds and six assists in front of six major Division I college head coaches, including Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

Blakeney, who has become a top target for the Cardinals in 2015, was also watched by North Carolina's Roy Williams, Oklahoma State's Travis Ford, Florida's Billy Donovan, Florida State's Leonard Hamilton and Central Florida's Donnie Jones.

"I played pretty well," Blakeney said. "I could have done some things better but it was pretty good. It was a good win for us."

The 6-foot-4 Blakeney has now visited U of L and been visited by Pitino twice since mid-October. He holds an offer from the Cardinals.

"He's told me he really wants me to play for him," Blakeney said. "He said I could be one of the best players he's coached. He came and watched me work out and now he came back for a game, so I like (the attention from U of L)."

With over 20 scholarships, Blakeney said he doesn't have any favorites but noted he's "very interested" in the Cardinals and "they've said they want me. They're probably showing me the most interest right now."

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.

He said he hopes to make a visit to a U of L game sometime this season.

Scout.com lists Blakeney as the No. 68 player in the Class of 2015.


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