Louisville offers '16 G Pritchard

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino might be in Puerto Rico working with the national team in that country but it hasn't stopped him from recruiting. Pitino was on the phone tonight with top 2016 point guard Payton Pritchard, who recently decommitted from Oklahoma. Pritchard confirmed the Cardinals' head coach made a scholarship offer.

The University of Louisville basketball team had offered and was on the list for four-star point guard Payton Pritchard before he made a commitment to Oklahoma last year.

Now that Pritchard had decommitted from the Sooners, the Cardinals are back in the mix.

U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson, who started recruiting Pritchard for Indiana two years ago when he was an assistant with the Hoosiers, has reconnected with Pritchard. U of L director of operations David Padgett was on the road last week and watched Pritchard in Suwanee, Ga., and on Tuesday night Pitino called him and offered a scholarship.

"I think coach Pitino is great with player development and that's what he was talking about on the phone," Pritchard said. "They have a winning program and a great coach. I like the style they play."

The 6-foot-1 Pritchard is from West Linn, Ore., and is ranked as the No. 52 player in the country. He has also been offered by Kansas, Baylor, California, DePaul and several others since re-opening his recruitment.

"I want to narrow it down and make a list by the end of the summer," he said. "It's all about finding the right fit for me."

Pritchard, who said distance won't matter, said he's just "trying to reconnect with (Johnson) and build on the relationship we have already. I just want to find a good fit."


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