Louisville involved with New York guard

SUWANEE, Ga. - The University of Louisville basketball staff always has one or two top prospects each July that the Cardinals try to jump in on after flying a bit under the radar with during the spring. One of those this summer could be Waterbury, Conn., Sacred Heart guard Mustapha Heron, who is playing with the NY Rens in the Adidas Gauntlet Series finale.

Waterbury, Conn., Sacred Heart guard Mustapha Heron said several times during an interview on Wednesday that his recruitment was "wide open," and noted any school could still get in the mix.

Perhaps even the University of Louisville?

The 6-foot-5 Heron, ranked as the No. 17 player in the country in the Scout.com top 100, said the Cardinals are one of a bunch of schools showing a lot of interest heading into July.

"Oh yeah, they have been talking to me," Heron said of Louisville, noting Ralph Willard was at his game on Wednesday at North Gwinnett High School. "They have been telling me the same thing as everybody else, they want me to come and take a visit. They think I could be a great fit into their system."

Heron, whose teammate on the NY Rens - Rawle Alkins - is also hearing from Rick Pitino and his staff, said he's "very familiar" with the Louisville style like most folks up from the New York area.

"He has great success with New York guards," Heron said. "The tempo is fast-paced and they get up and down the floor and he lets the guards play. It does fit my style of play. He's had some good ones from New York."

Heron said Marquette also "just got onto the list," and he actually took an unofficial visit to the campus. He said Marquette, Alabama and Mississippi State are showing him the most interest.

Heron said the month of July is "so important," for him and the other NY Rens players.

"It's the last time the coaches will see us before the high school season," Heron said. "You have to work hard and try to impress them. It's all about working hard."

Heron said he's expecting to narrow his list in August and then take five official visits.

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