Ado talks recruiting, Louisville interest

Chattanooga, Tenn., Hamilton Heights Christian Academy 2016 center Abdul Ado has been a University of Louisville target for a long time. The 6-foot-10 Ado updated Cardinal Authority on his recruitment and the interest from the Cardinals.

Abdul Ado has been and remains a top target for the University of Louisville basketball staff in the Class of 2016.

U of L will have a small class in numbers and it's unclear if they will for sure take a center in the '16 class, but Ado is still being pursued.

And he's very receptive to the Cardinals.

Ado, a 6-foot-10 center from Chattanooga, Tenn., Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, made a visit to U of L for a game last season and said the Cardinals are "a really good school."

"They have an awesome arena," Ado said. "I really liked it when I made the visit there and have been talking to the coaches a lot."

Ado, a native of Nigeria ranked No. 23 in the top 100, checks in as the No. 5 center in the '16 class nationally.

While he said he was "wide open," Ado also mentioned Tennessee, Memphis, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Oregon and UNLV among several others.

"Right now, I am pretty much wide open," he said. "I've only been in the states for two years and have all of these great schools recruiting me. It's tough and I need to stay focused in order to make a good decision."

With U of L, Ado said they have told him he was a priority. He said during his visit he spent some time and spoke with Rick Pitino.

"They told me one time that I was the big man they wanted," Ado said. "I liked it a lot when I went up there and made the visit.

"Coach Pitino told me he likes kids who work hard."

Ado, who plays for the Georgia Stars and was limited last month at the Nike EYBL event in Lexington when the U of L coaches were there to watch him because of an injury, but will play in the NBA Top 100 Camp and LeBron James Skills Academy this summer.

And he's not sure on a time table for a decision.

"Sometimes it gets frustrating," he said. "A lot of times I will be sitting in class and just think, 'Where do I want to go to school?' It can be crazy but it's also fun."

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