Deng Adel emerges as a top U of L target

Bradenton, Fla., Victory Rock Prep School power forward Deng Adel has exploded on the AAU scene this spring. Among the school's showing him the earliest interest - and also the most - has been the University of Louisville. Adel talks about the Cardinals with Cardinal Authority.

Australian Deng Adel is familiar with the University of Louisville for several reasons.

The Cardinals were one of the first schools to make contact with Adel when he came from Australia to Bradenton, Fla., Victory Rock Prep School and he is also close friends with current U of L player Mangok Mathiang.

"They're at the top right now," the 6-foot-7 Adel said. "I like the school, it's a great school and I like the coaches a lot."

Adel isn't ranked in the top 100 at this point but should make a huge jump when the rankings are updated next month.

The native of Sudan came to the U.S. last fall and in his first few weeks made a splash at the John Lucas Camp in Louisville. He had a stellar season at Victory Rock Prep for coach Loren Jackson, who also coached Mathiang when he came from Australia.

"I'm still working on my ballhandling and trying to get better at getting off shots in tight spots," Adel said. "I am working hard every day. I know I still have a long way to go."

Adel, who is playing for Florida Elite, also listed Florida and Connecticut as schools showing him the most interest. Jackson said he's fielding a "whole lot" of calls about Adel.

"It's been fun," Adel said smiling. "It's about time, this is what I always wanted and that's why I came here. But I always tell people I let coach do all the recruiting things and I just focus on winning and getting better."

Adel said the Cardinals "have been around the longest" of all the schools in the recruitment. Assistant coach Mike Balado has been down to see him several times during the school year.

"It's an honor to have one of the best programs in the country recruiting me," he said. "I do like them a lot."

Mathiang could play a factor in the recruitment with Adel. The two not only have come the same route with the same coach but they knew each other back in Australia.

"Mangok is like family to me," he said. "I knew him in Australia. Mangok has always been goofy, I like him a lot."

Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on the recruitment of Adel.

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