Louisville prepared to ink a top class

University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino is expected to ink one of the top recruiting classes in the country on Wednesday. The Cardinals have three players committed - Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding and Donovan Mitchell - and are waiting on word from P.J. Dozier. who is expected to make his college choice at 12:30 p.m. Cardinal Authority has the latest on U of L's Class of 2015.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino will welcome three - and perhaps four - new players into the Cardinals' family on Wednesday.

The Cardinals already have three players committed - Deng Adel, Donovan Mitchell and Raymond Spalding. With that group, U of L has one of the top five recruiting classes in the country and one of the best during the Pitino-era.

But a good class could get even better with some good news at 12:45 p.m. when Columbia, S.C., guard P.J. Dozier makes his college decision public.

The Cardinals are in the mix with the No. 33 player in the nation, along with South Carolina, Michigan, North Carolina and Georgetown.

Dozier would be a nice addition to a class that Pitino and his staff put together in a matter of just a few weeks in the summer.

The 6-foot-7 Adel is ranked as the No. 18 player in the nation by Scout.com. He committed to the Cardinals after the first evaluation period in July.

Adel is a native of Sudan who grew up in Australia. He has the same mentor and guardian as current U of L player Mangok Mathiang and attends Victory Rock Prep School in Bradenton, Fla. He averaged Adel averaged 22 points and eight rebounds last season.

Just a few weeks after Adel became the first member of the class, Spalding committed to the Cardinals. The 6-foot-10 star from Trinity High School said he was "honored" to stay home and play for his hometown school.

Spalding is the No. 40 prospect in the '15 class and is the leading contender for Kentucky's 2015 Mr. Basketball honors. He helped Trinity to the Sweet 16 last season and helped The Ville to the AAU National title last summer.

Mitchell, who was perhaps the biggest riser among all of the top 100 prospects this summer, committed to the Cardinals after the summer. He went from just outside the top 100 in the rankings to the No. 21 prospect in the Scout top 100.

Mitchell is a guard who can play both the one and two positions for the Cardinals and has been doing some recruiting on Dozier.

"I think I've talked to him more than his parents," Mitchell said with a laugh. "We're good friends and it would be fun to be on the same team."

Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels has the Cardinals' three-man class ranked at No. 3 behind Arizona and Texas A&M. He said the addition of Dozier would likely make the Cards the No. 2 class in the country.

Even without Dozier, it's a signing class the Cards can brag about.

Cardinal Authority will have all the news on signing day and will keep updating the site. Mitchell is not expected to sign until Saturday, while Adel and Spalding are expected to sign early Wednesday. Pitino is not expected to announce the class until next week.


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