Roundball News and Notes

<b>NEWS AND NOTES</b> -- Lots of action going on these days. We've got updates on Terrance Farley and prep school speculation, the latest on Sebastian Telfair, Brian Johnson, Francisco Garcia, Taquan Dean and much more.....

No plans for Farley to attend prep school

Terrance Farley 

Speculation last week started by Clark Francis of the HoopScoop that 6'10 Terrance Farley would attend prep school before enrolling at the University of Louisville is not accurate, according to PRP coach Larry Kihnley.  During a Sunday evening conversation, Kihnley indicated that UofL coaches have never mentioned the possibility of Farley attending prep school and Farley isn't considering the option either.  In fact, Cardinal coaches are pleased with their first commitment from the class of 2004 and his development over the past several months.  Unless Farley doesn't make it academically, we expect he'll be a member of the class of 2004 at UofL and will be a member of the 2004-05 team.  And why would anyone expect anything else?  Rick Pitino runs a class operation at UofL and made a commitment to the young man from Louisville.  Anybody who knows Pitino and Co. know that commitment will be both sides.

Louisville forward Francisco Garcia is participating in the Pan-American Games with his native Dominican Republic August 2-6 in Santo Domingo.  The Dominican Republic defeated Mexico, 72-67, on Staurday and defeated the Canadian National Team on Sunday, 90-88.  They'll face the Brazilian National today at 9:00 pm.  The finals are scheduled for Wednesday.

While fellow classmate Garcia is in Santo Domingo, 6'2 Taquan Dean has been tearing up the Jersey Shore summer league.  He's had games of 41, 41, 40, 37 and poured in 56 points in a playoff game loss last week.  Dean should have a break out season for the Cards this fall and the experience he's gained this summer playing against solid competition at ABCD and in the Jersey Shore summer league should pay big dividends for Dean and the Cards this winter.

Awaiting announcement 

The latest on Sebastian Telfair....Our understanding last Friday was that the talented and savvy point guard from New York called the University of Louisville basketball office last Wednesday and informed the Cardinal coaches that he intended to play at UofL.  Clark Francis of the HoopScoop, who has excellent sources in NYC like Cardoza High Head Coach Ron Naclerio, has essentially stated the same thing in recent days and the consensus is we're just waiting for the official announcement.  We've not confirmed when that will be and we're not aware of anyone else who has.  Telfair's father told WAVE-3 TV in Louisville last week that his son could announce his decision sometime this week.  Our sources close to the program at UofL have mentioned Telfair may wait until September when school starts so the announcement can be made in front of friends and classmates at Lincoln High School.  Bottom line...Telfair looks to be a Card and the only question is when he'll announce that decision publicly. 

Unless the plan has changed in recent weeks, Coach Pitino and staff intended to sign three frontcourt prospects, two of which could make an immediate impact in 2004-05, a versatile wing player and a point guard to run the show.  At this point, the Cards have one of the two frontcourt prospects who will have an immediate impact (Donta Smith) and have their project who will have time to develop (Farley).  They've also picked up a versatile swingman (Lorenzo Wade) and we're confident in saying the point guard slot is taken as well (Telfair).  That leaves the coaches searching for one more post prospect who can come in and make an immediate impact in the frontcourt...and that player could very well be 6'9 Brian Johnson of Arlington, VA. 

Looks good for Cards 

Reports out of UNC today have Tarheels boss Roy Williams offering their last scholarship to 6'5 J.R. Smith of Newark, NJ late last week.  The Heels, who are considering the ugly practice of "overbooking,"...offering more scholarships than are available, are also looking at Shaun Livingston, Daniel Gibson (committed to Texas), Joe Crawford, Randolph Morris, and Johnson.  However, the Tarheels apparent desire to pursue backcourt talent to round out their class combined with Louisville's apparent commitment from Telfair could bring Johnson into the Cardinals fold early this fall.  The Cards four man class of Farley, Smith, Wade and Telfair currently ranks among the top five in the nation...Brian Johnson would immediately vault the Cards into the top spot ahead of Texas and Indiana...What are you waiting for Mr. Johnson?

Not that we expect to be part of Conference USA much longer, but current conference members DePaul and Tulane picked up some nice verbal commitments during the past week.  Last week, Dave Leitao and the DePaul Blue Demons picked up smooth and athletic Dorrell Wright from LawnDale, CA.  Wright has the potential and ability to rank among the top players in his class and at 6'7 looks like a future pro.  Shawn Finney and Tulane picked up 6'8 David Gomez, an athletic forward with solid skills.  Gomez played well when we saw him at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions last May and could be the go to guy for the Green Wave in the future.


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