Louisville making Blakeney a 'big priority'

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Orlando, Fla., shooting guard Antonio Blakeney has picked up a ton of interest in recent weeks on the recruiting trail. But Blakeney remains high on the University of Louisville. He spoke to Cardinal Authority about his recruitment on Saturday at the Peach Jam.

The University of Louisville basketball program needs a shooting guard in the Class of 2015 and has targeted many of the top prospects at that position in the class.

But the main priority for more than a year now has been Orlando, Fla., Oak Ridge standout Antonio Blakeney.

The 6-foot-4 Blakeney made a visit to U of L last winter for a game and was also getting serious interest from Florida, Miami, LSU, Florida State and a bunch of others.

With his recent play, Kentucky and North Carolina have jumped into the mix with some rumblings that an offer from those schools might have changed his recruitment a bit.

Blakeney says that's not the case. After scoring 20-plus points for the fourth game in a row at the Peach Jam - in front of Rick Pitino and John Calipari - Blakeney says he's "still the same that I've always been."

"It wasn't like I was waiting on a Kentucky offer or anything like that," he said. "I mean it was a blessing, but the first school that offered me - Central Florida - that was a blessing and they are still recruiting me hard.

"I'm just wide open and I'm not even really thinking about it right now. People can say what they want, in the end I have to make the best decision for me. And I will."

Blakeney, who hit 9 of 16 from the field in the E1T1 victory on Saturday morning, said he keeps in constant contact with Pitino and U of L assistant coach Mike Balado.

"Louisville is still right there for me," he said. "I'm a big priority for (Louisville), even though I don't look over and see who is at my games, I know I'm a priority for them."

Blakeney's team is expected to play in AAU Nationals next week in Louisville. As far as the recruiting process, Blakeney said he's not sure what the future holds at this point.

"I'm not even 100 percent sure," he said. "At some point, I will sit down with my mom and my coaches. My mom for sure, will be big in helping me make the right decision."

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