With nine University of Louisville targets in the field, Cardinal Authority took in a day of the Adidas Gauntlet event in Fishers, Ind.
And it was an impressive performance.
U of L is targeting some of the top talent in recent years and the feedback is sensational heading into the summer. Head coach Rick Pitino and his assistant coaches are working the phones and already lining up fall visits.
The Cardinals are expected to sign three - or four - prospects in the Class of 2015.
Here's a look at how they fared:
Ray Smith, Dreamvision: I was super impressed with Smith, an athletic/high-level talented forward. The Las Vegas High School forward is listed at 6-foot-7 but plays a little bigger than that for his team. While he's not considered the top player on his team, Smith had 11 points and 13 rebounds against Urban DFW; 14 points and three rebounds against Memphis Magic and 20 points and three rebounds against New Orleans Elite. He needs to rebound it better and still be more active but he's coming along and has turned into a top-30 prospect. He has narrowed his list to 10 and will visit Louisville for the Wake Forest football game on Sept. 27. He'll be a top 2015 target for the summer.
Carlton Bragg, OBC: Maybe the most pure talent of anyone at the event - and one of the tops in the Class of 2015 - but some of the times he doesn't always play hard. Bragg has a motor and when it's running - like it was against Mass Rivals (16 points, nine rebounds) then he's sensational. But he only had five points and seven rebounds in a loss to Eric Gordon. He's still worth a shot because of his upside. He has all the tools to be an All-American at the next level once he learns to focus a little more.
De'Ron Davis, Colorado Hawks: The 6-foot-10 2016 prospect has lost about 20 pounds and is becoming a solid, high-major talent in the post. You could always see it but the loss of a little added weight has helped make him appear to be more athletic and at times he's really getting after it on both ends of the floor. He started the day with 12 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals in a win over Southern Elite; had 25 points (9 of 16 FG), nine rebounds, three steals and three blocks in a win over Texas Select; and had 10 points, four rebounds and three steals in a loss to Stackhouse Elite. Not a bad day; he says U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson has been in contact.
Brandon Ingram, Stackhouse Elite: The last time I saw Ingram - last summer - he was a solid guard at about 6-foot-5 and now he's added three inches and is long, athletic and getting better and better. He struggled outside on this day, going 4 of 21 from three-point range, but had about everything else working for him on a perfect day for Stackhouse Elite. He started the day with a brilliant effort - 29 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and two steals in a win over Texas Select; he had 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a win over Oakland Rebels and 19 points and six rebounds in a win over Colorado Hawks. The top 25 prospect in the Class of 2015 will be hard to pry away from North Carolina or Duke since he's from Kingston, N.C., but he said the Cards are "really coming after me," noting he talks to coach Pitino and assistant Mike Balado.
Dennis Smith, Team Loaded: One of the Cardinals' top 2016 targets, Smith is so much better than I anticipated. He had 10 assists in one game, double-digit scoring in all three games and was also grabbing rebounds and blocking shots. At 6-foot-2, Smith looks like he could be a point guard but can also play the two position. He is comfortable with the ball in his hand, has a nice outside shot and has a high basketball IQ. He finished three games with 38 points, 17 assists, 10 rebounds, 10 steals and four blocks. U of L is in the mix with him but some believe Duke will be tough to beat out.
Thon Maker, Team Loaded, Va.: One of the most impressive naturally talented kids I have seen in a while. He's come a long way since last spring. Maker used to have the tools but looked lost, now he understands what to do on the floor and at times that's scary. He has a high motor and is such a fast kid for his size. The 7-foot 2016 prospect will be a huge get for someone. Can the Cards stay in the mix? He finished three games with 46 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocks.
Kyle Guy, Indiana Elite: A new name on the target list for the Cardinals, a 6-foot-2 guard in 2016 from Indianapolis. This kid can flat fill it up. Watching him in warm-ups he doesn't miss and has a nice quick release. He must had some strength and bulk but if he grows another inch or two will be a must-get for a lot of colleges. After going 1-for-2 from three and 10 of 11 on free throws in Friday's opener, Guy hit 8 of 15 three's on Saturday. He had 40 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in three games and isn't afraid of contact. Was really impressed with his performance. He will likely visit U of L's campus soon.
Deng Adel, Florida Elite: The 6-foot-7 '15 target can do it all. A native of Sudan from Australia and friends with Mangok Mathiang, Adel is likely to play the three and can do a little bit of everything. He had 29 points in 28 minutes of one game with a variety of shots, including 4 of 5 three-pointers. He finished the day with 48 points in just over 60 minutes. He also had 17 rebounds and nine assists. You will be hearing a lot about Adel this summer.
Zach Collins, Dreamvision: In the limited time I saw the 6-foot-10, 2016 prospect I was super impressed. He had 18 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and five assists in one game and 17 points and 13 rebounds in another. I saw some of both games and the high school teammate of Stephan Zimmerman is legit.