U of L coaches checking out hoops targets

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff will hit the road on Friday, opening the only evaluation period of the spring. Cardinal Authority has a breakdown of the players the U of L staff is likely to target.

College basketball coaches are able to hit the road this afternoon for the only evaluation period of the spring.

And the University of Louisville staff will be out in full force this weekend.

U of L coach Rick Pitino is expected to start the weekend in Dallas at the first of four adidas 'Gauntlet' events. U of L assistant coach Wyking Jones is expected with Pitino at the event.

Among the top prospects the Cardinals' staff will be watching in Dallas is Carlton Bragg, the No. 8 player in the country who plays for OBC.

Justin Simon, the No. 16 player who plays for Game Point, is also a U of L target along with Dream Vision players No. 18 Chase Jeter and No. 29 Ray Smith. All are expected to be evaluated by Pitino and his staff.

Pitino will then join assistants Mike Balado and Kenny Johnson in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday to watch around a dozen prospects or more at the Nike EYBL event.

The top prospects the Cardinals' will be evaluating at the Nike event is Antonio Blakeney, who is a shooting guard from Florida and the No. 39 player in the country. Isaiah Briscoe, another shooting guard and the No. 26 player, along with No. 1 Ivan Rabb and No. 5 Stephen Zimmerman are players the U of L staff will be watching.

Other U of L targets at the event: No. 8 Chieck Diallo, No. 41 Daniel Giddens, No. 75 Ray Spalding of Trinity and No. 96 Alex Owens.

Among the new targets with the addition of Johnson as an assistant the Cardinals should see are No. 51 Bryant Crawford, No. 95 Kevin Dorsey, No. 98 Josh Reaves and Justin Robinson, an under-the-radar point guard off Boo Williams' team.

U of L is also expected to evaluate Tyus Battle, the No. 7 player in the '16 class.

Cardinal Authority will have updates for you all weekend from the tournament scene.

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