U of L hoops: Recruiting notebook

SUWANEE, Ga. - University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff have been on the recruiting trail for the past two weekends. The Cardinals are tracking some of the same players and a few new faces. The Cardinals have one commitment for the Class of 2016 - V.J. King. Here's a few notes coming out of the second weekend.


Seventh Woods is not a new name to the University of Louisville basketball recruiting board, but the Cardinals have gotten more involved lately with the guard from South Carolina.

The 6-foot-1 Woods, who plays at Columbia, S.C., Hammond, said the Cardinals are among a list of six schools showing him the most interest, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Georgetown and Kansas.

"Everybody is equal right now," Woods said. "I don't know when I will cut down the list."

Woods is ranked as the No. 31 player in the Class of 2016 and checks in as the No. 6 point guard in the class. He said U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson has "done a good job building a relationship."

"He said I would fit the style they play, a fast-paced offense," Woods said. "I know they play fast and they get after it on defense and that is what I like to do."


Miami Norland five-star power forward Dewan Huell played at a high level this weekend at the Under Armour Association and had a lot of coaches watching his every move.

The 6-foot-9 Huell narrowed his list of schools to 10 back in the spring and said "nothing has changed."

Louisville has been on Huell, who is ranked as the No. 23 prospect in the Class of 2016 by Scout.com, for two years and the prospect said the Cardinals are "still in the mix."

"I still talk to them all the time," Huell said. "Nothing has really changed."

Team Breakdown coach Jordan Fair said Huell could narrow his list even more in the next few weeks. Breakdown will head to Las Vegas for the final evaluation period of the summer.

U of L has had a coach at all but one game in two weeks for Huell.


Several media reports have Oldsmar, Fla., Christian guard Eric Hester making an official visit to Louisville on Aug. 3.

But Team Breakdown coach Jordan Fair said that's "not 100 percent official just yet." The visit has been talked about but Hester still has to confirm it with U of L coach Rick Pitino and assistant coach Mike Balado.

The 6-foot-4 Hester has also been a target of the Cardinals for almost two years. But the Cardinals have also recently offered several other prospects at the shooting guard position.


A new name on the radar for the Cardinals' staff might be Arlington, Tenn., Bolton High School point guard Jaylen Fisher. He has been tracked two weeks in a row by the U of L staff.

"They've hit me up some," Fisher reports. "A lot of schools have been calling, but Louisville has called my coach."

The 6-foot-1 Fisher, who is ranked as the No. 78 player and No. 16 point guard in the class, listed Baylor, North Carolina State, Memphis, Arkansas and Iowa as the schools coming at him the hardest.

"I want to narrow down my list after July," he said.

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