New Louisville commitment Frankie Hughes is "faithful" to Rick Pitino per high school coach Sonny Johnson

Three-star Ohio guard Frankie Hughes has committed to the University of Louisville. Here's comments from his Garfield Heights High School coach Sonny Johnson on his commitment to the Cardinals.

It was a tough Tuesday for the University of Louisville basketball program with the ESPN report in the morning detailing more the allegations towards the program and the recently published book "Breaking Cardinal Rules."

But there was a glimmer of good news on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cardinals landed a verbal commitment from Garfield, Ohio, Heights High School guard Frankie Hughes, who is the secomd commitment for the Cardinals in the Class of 2016.

"There's two sides to both stories," Garfield Heights coach Sonny Johnson said. "(Hughes) is faithful to Rick Pitino and why not? Look at his track record. This kid is loyal to Rick Pitino and they showed a lot of loyalty to him in the recruiting process.

"Again, there's two sides to every story. They'll let the investigations play out. But he's excited."

The 6-foot-5 Hughes picked the Cardinals over Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Wichita State, Miami and others. Johnson said "a lot of schools came in late and some schools are still calling. Missouri tried to recruit him late."

Johnson said he knows Hughes is under-the-radar, but predicts a solid career at Louisville.

"He's a knock-down shooter," Johnson said. "If you asked me, he's a top 100 recruit in the country and I think he'll prove that at Louisville. We've put a lot of kids into colleges and I can tell you he's a very good one."

Hughes attends the same school that produced current U of L fifth-year senior Trey Lewis. Hughes averaged 17 points and five rebounds a game as a junior for Garfield Heights.

He's the second commitment in the '16 class, joining wing V.J. King.


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