Pitino calls on top '15 point guard

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino had his first chat with one of the top prospects in the Class of 2015 on Monday night. Pitino chatted with point guard Jalen Adams, who fills in Cardinal Authority on his recruitment.

Two days after having a stellar day at the adidas Gauntlet event in Fishers, Ind., Mass Rivals point guard Jalen Adams received a phone call from Louisville head coach Rick Pitino.

The 6-foot-2 Adams told Cardinal Authority it was the first time he chatted with Pitino during the recruiting process but it's likely not the last. U of L started recruiting Adams when Pitino hired Kenny Johnson as an assistant coach.

"It was good," Adams said. "He told me he was very interested in me."

Ranked as the No. 56 player in the Class of 2015 by Scout.com, Adams has turned in several stellar weekends with Mass Rivals. It's the same program that produced Noah Vonleh, a likely top-10 NBA Draft pick that Johnson recruited to Indiana in the Class of 2013.

Adams attends Ashburnham, Mass., Cushing Academy and over the weekend in an interview said he was from Roxbury, Mass.

He already has offers from Kansas, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, Providence and others. U of L has not offered at this point.

"It's a big-name school and I could see myself playing there," Adams said of U of L. "I can see myself fitting in there. They like to go up and down and I like how (Pitino) uses his guards."

Scout.com national analyst Brian Snow had this to say about Adams after last weekend:

"There is no doubt he is a volume player, but Adams can flat out get buckets. Adams is super-fast baseline to baseline and can fill it up going to the rim. Also he is a capable shooter who showed an ability to hit from out to 22 feet. He needs to make some better decisions, but Adams was asked to shoulder the load and he did just that, and found a way to lead his team to a win."

In one game Cardinal Authority saw, Adams hit for 32 points for Mass Rivals. He said he hopes to make a visit to U of L this summer.


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