'16 top SG 'very interested' in Louisville

Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard's five-star shooting guard Tyus Battle is now a target for the University of Louisville basketball staff in the Class of 2016. Cardinal Authority spoke with his father, Gary, about U of L's interest level.

Several new prospects have jumped onto the wish list of the University of Louisville basketball staff since the addition of new assistant coach Kenny Johnson.

One of the highest-ranked new targets is Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard's five-star shooting guard Tyus Battle.

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Battle is the No. 7 ranked player in the Class of 2016, according to Scout.com, and is the top shooting guard.

His father, Gary, told Cardinal Authority the family has a "great relationship" with Johnson and are now "very interested" in U of L.

"He was one of the coaches who showed interested in Tyus early in the process," Gary Battle said. "He was probably one of the first guys who recruited Tyus, so we have a great relationship with Kenny."

Gary Battle said U of L coach Rick Pitino is "one of the best," and he holds the Hall of Fame coach in high respect.

"I'm 46 years old, so I remember him at Providence and making it to the Final Four," he said. "The Knicks and Celtics and then his days at Kentucky, I know about coach Pitino.

"He's at the top of the heap (among coaches) in my opinion."

Gary Battle said it's early in the process, but noted Ohio State, Connecticut, Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Syracuse and Villanova were among the schools doing the heaviest amount of recruiting at this point.

Connecticut and Seton Hall among others have been in contact recently, while Gary Battle said the Cardinals are now "showing interest."

"(Johnson) called us and told us that he was going to be recruiting us heavily," he said.

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