Nike EYBL: Saturday Notebook

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Cardinal Authority with a notebook full of stats and notes from Saturday's action at the Nike EYBL stop at the KBA Academy.


Chattanooga, Tenn., Hamilton Heights Christian School big man Abdul Ado is still high on the University of Louisville in the recruiting process.

U of L has been one of the schools on the 6-foot-10 Ado the hardest for about a year now with Kenny Johnson the point man in the recruiting.

"I don't have any favorites, but I talk to them a lot," Ado said of U of L, noting Tennessee and Memphis are other schools he gets a lot of interest from.

Ado is ranked as the No. 21 player in the class and the No. 3 center. He made a visit to Louisville back in the fall and said he "knows they have a great program."

"They told me I was their top big man in the class," Ado said.

Ado has been slowed this week with tendinitis in his left knee. He played 16 minutes on Friday night and had six points and five rebounds, but just eight minutes combined in two easy wins on Saturday for the Georgia Stars.


After spending time in Louisville at the Under Armour event on Saturday morning, U of L assistant coach Mike Balado made his way to Lexington.

Balado and David Padgett doubled-up for Maverick Rowan and Team Takeover.

Padgett has been in Lexington since the weekend opened on Friday afternoon. He's the basketball operations director but on the road as the No. 3 assistant because Ralph Willard won't start until June 1.


Maverick Rowan continued his strong play in the spring. He went for 17 points and 10 rebounds in a win over The Family in the afternoon.

In the final game of the night, Rowan hit 12 of 13 free throws and finished with 26 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

He's averaging 25.3 point in three games.


Boo Williams guard Curtis Jones, who is from Richmond, Va., but attends Huntington Prep, was mighty impressive in two losses on Saturday.

In a loss to Meanstreets, Jones was 8 of 13 from the field - including 4 of 6 three-pointers - and finished with 23 points and four rebounds.

Jones had 17 points, three rebounds, three steals and three assists in a 68-63 loss in the nightcap to Las Vegas Prospects. He was 6 of 12 from the field.

Jones has been a target of U of L - and Kenny Johnson - for about a year. Expect to see things heat back up between the two parties after this weekend.


A couple of guys who are likely to pop up on the U of L radar:

Brandon McCoy is a 7-foot center from the Class of 2017 who plays for California Supreme. He only had four rebounds and two blocks with Padgett watching, but is a skilled prospect and one the Cardinals will follow.

Kostas Antetokounmpo is the brother of Milwaukee Bucks player Giannis Antetokounmpo and is a 6-fot-9 member of the Class of 2016. He's from Greece and is going to skyrocket up the rankings listing. I would imagine the offers roll in this week, including one likely from the Louisville Cardinals.

Jonathan Isaac is another offer I would expect to be extended after this weekend. He played for E1T1 with an injury and still was sensational in two games. He's originally from the Bronx and is 6-foot-9 and plays at IMG Academy on Bradenton, Fla.

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