The start of school is right around the corner and it's getting time for high school prospects to narrow their lists and schedule visits to potential suiters.
As decision time nears for many of the nation's top high school basketball prospects, ITV keeps you updated on the latest developments of the Cardinals to recruiting targets.
Without further ado, here's another jampacked installment of ITV's Basketball recruiting news and notes....
After months of proclaiming the Cards as his leader, 6'9 Mohamed Tangara, has found a new favorite. Tangara now likes Lute Olson and the Arizona Wildcats at this stage in the recruiting game and has dropped the Cards to third on his most recent list. Why the sudden change? The Tangara camp claims a perceived lack of interest from the Louisville coaching staff and there's probably some merit to that claim. It seems apparent that 6'9 Brian Johnson and 6'10 David Burgess are the Cards top two frontcourt prospects coming out of the July evaluation period. According to Tangara's guardian, Linzy Davis, the Cards will still receive an official visit this fall.
Wade draws raves
Lorenzo Wade didn't have the greatest week at the adidas ABCD Camp in early July. However, the multitalented 6'5 guard showed enough for Coach Pitino to extend a scholarship before Wade left Teaneck and his move appears to be a stroke of genious. Wade, who was excellent last week at the adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas and was honored on the All-Tourney team, shot the ball incredibly well from the floor all week and flashed a brilliant midrange game. Wade drew raves from PrepStars.com, who called him a "future pro," and from TheInsiders.com Dave Telep for his play. Wade will attend either Worchester (MA) Academy or Hargrave (VA) Military Academy in the fall.
Nike's new poster boy?
Sebastian Telfair has always played his cards close to the vest, particularly as pertains to his recruitment. However, there could be big changes coming for Telfair and the Lincoln High Railsplitters. Lincoln High, currently an adidas school, is rumored to be seriously contemplating a switch to rival Nike for the upcoming school year. Wondering why Telfair missed out on the grand daddy event of the adidas summer schedule last week in Vegas? Perhaps he's close to pulling a Lebron and trading his three stripes for a swoosh.....As for Telfair's recruitment, the flashy guard told ITV earlier this month he intended to make visits to potential colleges this fall. Will he make a decision in the coming months? Only time will tell. In Sebastian's own words, "When I find a school and everything is a good situation for me then we'll see what happens." However, if Telfair does decide on a college this fall most everyone in the recruiting business expects he'll choose Louisville. "Rick Pitino appears to have first dibs on fab PG prospect Sebastian Telfair, should the Brooklyn baller decide to forestall a go at the NBA. Pitino is pitching Louisville as a haven from the clutch-and-grab of Gotham. And who should know better..." Andy Katz wrote in August's ESPN theMagazine.
Could a foreign frontcourt player enter the Cards recruiting plans if none of the domestic interior targets pan out or Sebastian Telfair opts for the NBA? We understand that Louisville Assistant Coach Kevin Willard was pulling more than David Burgess duty on his recent trip to Greece and apparently took a liking to one of the foreign bigs he saw on his trip. Stay tuned.
Top 100 prospect?
There's been recent speculation by other media outlets that the Louisville coaching staff isn't enamored with their first 2004 commitment, 6'10 Terrance Farley. However, that's the farthest thing from the truth. We hear the Louisville coaches are very high on the local product and his vast improvement and potential. Farley showed well at ABCD and will likely rank among the top 100 players entering the fall. Farley, who is unspoiled by the extravagances of the AAU circuit, is eager to learn and has a huge upside. He'll likely see minutes as a freshman in 2004-05 and be counted on for significant time by his sophomore season. Note Farley did not participate in the adidas Big Time Tournament last week due to the death of his grandfather in California.
Theus and Tark at UNLV
How about a former NBA All Star with broadcast experience and recognition on TNT's NBA coverage and experience coaching and teaching the game as Mick Cronin's replacement on Coach Pitino's staff? Well, Reggie Theus could be the guy. Despite Larry Shyatt's resume and experience, we think Theus could be the favorite and we've heard he met with Coach Pitino last week in Las Vegas to discuss the job. Theus, who was a volunteer assistant coach at Division II Cal State L.A. last season and who's worked with the Philadelphia 76ers under Larry Brown during the team's Summer 2000 veterans camp and spent time as an instructor at the NBA's Chicago pre-draft camp and at the 2003 adidas ABCD Camp has the experience and contacts to become an excellent understudy on a big time college bench. "Any time you see a point guard like Reggie who was very vocal out there on the court, with great leadership qualities, you could see him eventually being a coach," said New Jersey Nets Head Coach Byron Scott. "He had a leadership mentality that you can imagine he'd carry on with any coaching duties."