U of L basketball: Recruiting notebook

The University of Louisville is finished with the Class of 2015 but is already looking ahead for future years. Cardinal Authority has this notebook full of nuggets on future targets for the Cardinals' coaching staff.


University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is finished with the Class of 2015 and will only be able to take a small class in 2016.

So, it's pretty obvious one of his top targets.

Pitino went Tuesday - on the first day of the recruiting period - to Gladstone, N.J., to watch Tyus Battle at Gill St. Bernard’s School.

The 6-foot-5 Battle said Louisville was "a great place," and one of the schools "coming after me hardest" after his visit to campus during he summer.

Battle, who is the only '16 prospect Pitino has seen this week, has been or will be visited by Kentucky, Duke, Villanova, Virginia and a bunch of others this week.


Expect New York guard Rawle Alkins to be another top target in the '16 class for the Cardinals. An assistant coach is expected to see him this week.

The 6-foot-4 Alkins attends Christ The King in Middle Village N.Y., and is ranked as the No. 29 player in the class by Scout.com.

"I like Louisville a lot," Alkins said in a recent interview with Cardinal Authority. "Coach Pitino likes New York guards and I like what he's done with guys like Russ (Smith). I'm interested to talk with them more."

Among the other schools who have offered Alkins are Indiana, Kansas, Cincinnati, South Florida, Miami, Fla., Minnesota, Stanford and others.


Another name to watch in the '16 class is Fairfax, Va., Paul VI Catholic guard Curtis Jones, the No. 38 player in the class by Scout.

The 6-2 Jones recently visited Virginia and could be making his way to Ohio State and Louisville in the next month. He has offers from IU, West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, VCU, Richmond, NC State and others.

U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson is the former associate head coach at Paul VI and Jones said, "I know him from there. He's a great guy and great coach."

"I really like the style they play at Louisville," Jones said. "They use the guards and get them up and down the floor. I really like it."


One name to remember for the future - Kenneth Nwuba.

The 6-foot-9 native of Nigeria started to make a name for himself at the adidas Gauntlet event Chicago during the first recruiting period of the summer.

The U of L staff saw him there and he's likely to be one of the top prospects out of the Class of 2018. Expect to see his name on a visit list sometime this season.

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