What's left for Louisville basketball staff?

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff have added two fifth-year transfers to the roster in less than a month. The Cardinals still have one more scholarship left to fill. Who could be next?

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino already has a list of six newcomers coming into the program for next season.

And he still has a scholarship left open.

Pitino confirmed the staff is still actively recruiting to fill that spot but noted that "we could save" the scholarship for the Class of 2016.

"We are still working," Pitino said. "We hope to fill it. We are still looking to fill it. But we are only going to use it if somebody can come in and play a major role.

"It won't be somebody like Ryan (McMahon) who is going to need time. It would be somebody who could come in and play a major role for us."

Cardinal Authority has learned the main target left for the Cardinals - and perhaps the only one - is Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cardinal Gibbons star Maverick Rowan.

The 6-foot-6 Rowan is a member of the Class of 2016 but is currently trying to reclassify into the '15 class. The Cardinals have been recruiting Rowan since he decommitted from Pittsburgh early last fall.

Rowan's father told Cardinal Authority last week that the family was trying to clear some "hurdles" in order to become eligible to enroll at a school later this summer. It appears Rowan will transfer to another private school this summer to finish up several classes in order for him to be able to reclassify.

"It's close," a source close to Rowan said.

Louisville hosted Sterling Smith, a former Coppin State guard, on Wednesday and Thursday for a visit, but it appears the school will not offer the shooting guard.

Former VCU signee Kenny Williams is an option and a top 100 player but still hasn't put out a list of schools after him.

So for now, it appears to be Rowan. The U of L staff is again expected to be at each of his games this weekend during an open recruiting period.

Rowan helped Cardinal Gibbons to the 5-A state title and was named to the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches and Source Hoops Class 5-A all-state first team.

Rowan averaged 28.5 points a game for state champion Cardinal Gibbons and is ranked as the No. 31 prospect in the '16 class by Scout.com. He also won a Class A state title last season in Pennsylvania and checks in as the No. 8 small forward in the Scout rankings.


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