Deng Adel now a top '15 target for Louisville

Australian forward Deng Adel now plays at Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, Fla., and after his performance last weekend at an event in Dallas has become a major target for the University of Louisville in the Class of 2015. Cardinal Authority has the latest on Adel.

Deng Adel is a 6-foot-7, 180-pound small forward in the Class of 2015 who is from Australia and played this past season at Bradenton, Fla., Victory Rock Prep School.

Adel had some college attention prior to last weekend, but that's when he really broke out for Florida Elite in the adidas Gauntlet event in Dallas and started getting a ton of calls.

"It's pretty much blowing up," Victory Rock coach Loren Jackson said of his phone.

But one of the school's that had already been in on Adel and now have a bit of advantage was the University of Louisville.

U of L assistant coach Mike Balado has been recruiting Adel for months, making contact with the prospect and watching him at Victory Prep.

"Louisville has been in touch and he likes coach Balado," Jackson said. "He's not anywhere near (making a decision) but he likes Louisville. A lot of schools have been calling."

U of L coach Rick Pitino watched Adel several times in Dallas, along with assistant Wyking Jones last weekend.

When asked if the Cardinals were likely to make Adel a priority, Jackson said, "Yes, I would assume that they will. That's a good bet."

Adel is one of about 10 prospects with a committable offer in the '15 class.

U of L has a solid connection with Victory Prep because of Jackson, who was an assistant coach at IMG Academy when current U of L player Mangok Mathiang was there. Jackson noted Mathiang "loves it up there," at U of L.

Adel is also from Australia but is a native of Sudan. He came to the U.S. last September and a few weeks later was one of the top players of the John Lucas Midwest Invitational in Louisville, according to analyst Evan Daniels.

Daniels at the time said: "Adel has impressive ball skills and showed an ability to not only start breaks, but also attack defenders off the dribble in the half court. He was effective driving the ball and used his impressive athleticism to finish once around the rim. He has good form on his shot and made jumpers from both mid-range out to three. It was just one event, but Adel has the look of a future high major prospect."

Adel averaged a double-double at Victory Rock and Jackson said his skills "continue to develop," noting he's 17 years old.

"He's gotten so much better over the course of this year," Jackson said. "So much better with the competition level and just learning how to compete. He's always been good, but he's really improved his ballhandling and overall play.

"I think so many schools really like him because he could eventually be a two (guard)."

Jackson said U of L, USC, Nebraska and Minnesota have been in the mix, while he received calls from Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Kentucky and many others already this week.

"Our motto is 'Don't believe the hype'," Jackson said. "We don't get into all of that, we just want them to improve and get better."

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