Top 10 prospect Ogunbowale looking at Cards

A former soccer standout, Arike Ogunbowale is from Milwaukee and looking at five schools. The University of Louisville is on the short list of the to-10 prospect.

Milwaukee Holy Angels guard Arike Ogunbowale had her pick of any college in the country.

And she also had her pick of sports.

The 5-foot-9 Ogunbowale, ranked among the top 10 hoops players in the Class of 2015, was an elite soccer player getting looks by Division I colleges for that sport. But she opted to play basketball and gibe up soccer.

"When I was younger, I used to skip basketball tournaments to go play soccer," she said. "But when I got to high school, I had to chose and I decided basketball is what I wanted to play.

"It just would have been too much."

Ogunbowale said some schools told her that she would be able to play both sports but she said that "would have been just too hard."

"They don't really give full scholarships for soccer, so I felt like basketball is what I wanted to do," she said. "Plus, I really did love them equally. But I do miss soccer."

At least five women's college basketball coaches are happy she decided to keep dribbling the ball and not kicking it.

Ogunbowale narrowed her list from 11 to five recently, listing Louisville, Ohio State, UCLA, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. She eliminated Connecticut, DePaul, Duke, Marquette, Michigan and Stanford from the original list.

Ogunbowale said she wanted to narrow her list to "try and focus more on the schools," she will visit before making a decision.

It's been a great summer for Ogunbowale, who played for North Tartan and helped the United States under-17 team win the FIBA world championship, beating Spain for the title. She averaged 10.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in seven games during the tournament for the USA team.

With more than 20 offers from schools, Ogunbowale said she has a great relationship with all of the coaches in her top five.

Ogunbowale said she's hoping to make a visit to all five schools and "can't wait" to see what Louisville has to offer.

"They just have a great program and great facilities," she said. "I like coach (Jeff) Walz as a coach, I like Louisville. It's a tough decision, I just have to sit with my family and see what's the best decision for me.

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