The University of Louisville men's basketball team is trying to score a couple of top prospects out of the Las Vegas area.
The Cardinals are in the final eight for 2015 big man Stephen Zimmerman and appear to be in good shape for '15 forward Ray Smith. U of L had been recruiting '15 target Chase Jeter, until he recently narrowed his list and cut the Cards.
Add Zach Collins to the list.
Collins, a 6-foot-10 center and member of the Class of 2016, is a high school teammate of Zimmerman and Jeter's at Bishop Gorman and is now a top U of L target in the '16 class.
"We had talked with Louisville a couple of times already," Collins' father, Mike, said. "We were very interested and the addition of coach (Kenny) Johnson, we think he's a great addition for them. Louisville is a top-flight program.
"Louisville is synonymous with basketball in our house. They have an elite program."
Collins played his freshman season at 6-foot-8 and has since grown two inches. He already has offers from USC, California, UNLV and New Mexico and is also hearing from Arizona and others.
Mike Collins said it was "by design" that he hadn't played in a ton of the big AAU events or camps until he exploded recently at the adidas Gauntlet event in Dallas.
"We kept him off the radar for a long time," he said. "We wanted him to focus on his improvement and be fully ready."
U of L coach Rick Pitino and assistant Wyking Jones were impressed in Dallas and the Cardinals have told Mike Collins they will kept close tabs on his son this summer and into the fall.
"Zach is the type of player that would be good in a system like coach Pitino's," Mike Collins said. "Zach is a high IQ basketball player who plays with a lot of nastiness to him."