NBPA: Louisville notebook

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Cardinal Authority is court side at the NBA Players Association Camp this week at the University of Virginia tracking some of the top University of Louisville targets. Here's a notebook of items related to the U of L prospects,


Trevon Duval, who has had an offer from Louisville for a while, is shooting up the rankings. He's likely the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2017 and said his recruiting interest has spiked.

And it's only going to get crazier after this week. He had 25 points, 11 assists, 4 steals and 4 rebounds in his first two games.

The 6-foot-3 Duval said U of L has been on him for a while and lauded the job assistant coach Kenny Johnson is doing, trying to build the relationship between the two parties.

"I've been knowing Louisville since I was a kid," he said. "I watched them a lot when I was younger. They've always been in the mix. They're a top program. And I know they get up and down and they like to run a lot."


Taylor Count guard Quentin Goodin is the lone Kentucky kid at the NBA Players Association top 100 camp and met with the media on Thursday afternoon following his game.

Goodin said he was ready to narrow his list of colleges. He had cut it to 12 back in January and noted Indiana is also back in the mix and that he would chop the list to five or six next week.

"I want to get home and see my mom, I haven't seen her in like a week," he said. "We'll talk about it and then maybe later that day (on Monday) I will release my list."

Goodin listed the following schools in January: Florida, Kentucky Wesleyan, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, UNLV, Western Kentucky and Xavier.

"It's going to be hard to decide," he said.

Goodin said he wants to make a college decision before his senior season starts.


Hamidou Diallo is a prospect in the Class of 2017 offered by Louisville earlier this week. He attends Woodstock, Conn., Academy but is from Flushing, N.Y.

The 6-foot-4 Diallo said he knows U of L's history with players from New York.

"Oh yeah," he said with a smile, noting Rick Pitino "loves New York guys."

Diallo said he knew Russ Smith when he was younger and actually went to watch the former U of L player workout one day, noting "I like his game. They did a good job with him."


Louisville is back on the list for top '16 forward Myles Bridges of Huntington Prep.

Bridges listed five schools in April and U of L wasn't on the list. But he said "communication" led to him not saying Louisville and that his mother was "totally on board with adding them to the list.

Bridges said Kentucky is the only school he would for sure visit, while Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State, Michigan and Michigan State are also in the mix.

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