Recruit: Deng Adel
Position: Small forward
Location: Bradenton, Fla., Victory Rock Prep School
Ranking: No. 18 nationally; five-star; No. 2 small forward
The scouting report: "A high-level athlete, Adel is a native of Australia that arrived in the U.S. the fall before his junior season. Adel, a 6-7 SF, plays with effort and energy on both ends. He's a strong driver and finisher in the paint, as he's physically strong and is an impressive leaper. Off the catch, he's a good shooter to 22-feet. If he's going to deck it, he's likely to drive all the way to the rim. He's a good rebounder and potentially a good defender" - Scout.com
Quotable: Evan Daniels, Scout.com "Adel is an exceptional athlete and has very good size for a wing at 6-7. He's quick, can make shots off the catch to three and is improving as as mid-range jump shooter. He also plays very well in transition and in space. Adel is a good fit for Louisville's system and should be effective in their press. He has a lot of potential on the defensive end because of his lateral speed, length and overall athleticism. He takes that end of the floor seriously."
Overall analysis: Adel is a great start to the 2015 class for the Cardinals. He was the top target for about a year or so and assistant Mike Balado put in a lot of work. Adel is ready to play right away and should be able to thrive in the Rick Pitino system. He's a no non-sense player with a high motor. Fun to watch.
The rest of the class:Look for the Cardinals to put the full-court press on the guards in this class. U of L is after about 6-7 and will try to narrow down that focus this week. A guard and a big man are likely adds.
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