Adel taking a close look at Louisville

The University of Louisville's top target in the Class of 2015 - Deng Adel - talks about his recruitment and his recent visit to U of L with Cardinal Authority. Is he close to a decision?

Bradenton, Fla., Victory Rock Prep School forward Deng Adel is the top target in the Class of 2015 for the University of Louisville basketball staff.

The 6-foot-7 Adel made a recent visit to the U of L campus and said it was "really great," so is he any closer to making a decision?

"Recruiting is hard," Adel said. "I just have to figure out what is best for me, talk to my coaches and see what is best for me.

"I really liked Louisville. Coach (Rick) Pitino was a pretty relaxed guy. He knows what he's doing and he's pretty straight up with you and I really like that about a coach."

Adel has shown tremendous upside with Florida Elite on the adidas circuit this spring and went from unranked to No. 18 in the Scout.com Class of 2015 rankings. Besides U of L, Adel is getting a lot of attention from Virginia Tech, Minnesota, Connecticut, South Florida and SMU.

But he admitted the Cardinals' visit put them in front at this point of his recruitment.

"It was pretty much what I expected because I had heard stuff about it," Adel said. "I really enjoyed what I saw when I was there."

Adel said he has a "very good" relationship with current U of L player Mangok Mathiang. He knew Mathiang in Australia and is on the same path - only different high school - as Mathiang was when he came to the U.S.

"I talk to him a lot," Adel said. "He really likes it at Louisville and is having fun. He said the campus is great and I saw that. I really like what I saw there and the players are great."

During his visit, Adel had the chance to play some pick up with the Cardinals. Several sources said the players were blown away by the level at which Adel competed against the Cardinals.

"It was fun pick up," Adel said. "I think I did pretty good. Pretty good."

Adel is a versatile prospect who would be a key addition to the U of L program. He could come in and battle for the small forward position as a true freshman and would see time no matter what the position battle would be.

"I'm a versatile wing who likes to run in transition and likes to get to the rack," he said. "I like to shoot the ball, can rebound and I play with a high, high energy.

"I think I can play in college right now, I just need to continue to get better."

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


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