Peach Jam Saturday: Louisville targets

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Cardinal Authority takes a look at how the University of Louisville targets fared on Saturday during the second-to-last day at Nike Peach Jam. U of L coach Rick Pitino spent part of the day in Suwanee, Ga., and the other part of the day at the Peach Jam.

University of Louisville basketball coach started the day at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., and then ended the day at the same event on Saturday evening.

And in between Pitino spent time at the Under Armour event "The Finals," in Suwanee, Ga. He watched guards Donovan Mitchell and Perry Dozier at the event in Suwanee.

Here's a closer look at the prospects Pitino and his staff have followed in Augusta.

Isaiah Briscoe: Briscoe led his Playaz Basketball team into the semifinals of the Peach Jam with a win over the Texas Titans. He had 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists. In a morning loss to Athletes First, Briscoe went for 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. Briscoe is a winner and a tough kid. Had one Division I head coach tell me that Briscoe is a kid "who is going to win championships." He's a big-time talent, a winner and will make a visit to Louisville. The Cards do have a shot.

Antonio Blakeney: The Cards' top target was watched in the morning by Pitino and again in the evening session by Pitino. In a win over Team Takeover in the morning, Blakeney hit 9 of 16 from the field and went for 24 points, four rebounds and two assists. He didn't have a great game - and wasn't the only one - in E1T1's blowout loss to Team Penny. He had 14 points, two rebounds and two assists in the loss and was just 4 of 11 from the field. He's still the top guy on the board at the guard spot for the Cardinals.

Allonzo Trier: In his only game of the day, Trier proved to again be one of the best players at the event. He scored from long range (5 of 15 on 3s) and from inside, mid-range and hit 17 of 20 free throws. All of that added up to 42 points. He also had six rebounds, two steals and two assists. He's so talented and so much fun to watch. He was asked if Arizona is the leader - as some have reported - and he said "I don't know where some people get their sources."

Stephen Zimmerman: The big man for the Oakland Soldiers had 14 points on 5 of 8 from the field in a win over Team Final and then just went 2-for-8 for four points in a loss to Boo Williams. Zimmerman is a talented kid on a team with a load of talent and when he gets into the right system he's going to be a stud.

Caleb Swanigan: A big man prospect who grew on me as the week went on. He went from a prospect I just liked to one I loved and would love to see the Cards go after harder. But I'm not sure they'll need another big man when it comes down to it. He only had nine points - on 4 of 6 shooting - but had 10 rebounds. He has soft hands and a great touch around the rim.

Tyus Battle ('16): Battle should work himself into being a top target for a bunch of schools in the '16 class after this week. With assistant coaches watching, Battle went for 11 in a win over All Ohio Red this morning and hit 5 of 8 three-pointers for 21 points in a nighttime win over Houston Hoops. Battle has a sweet stroke from outside and also has a keen ability to get into the paint and score at the rim.


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