A Louisville basketball recruiting notebook, including some news offers, honors for V.J. King and new contact with a prospect

The University of Louisville basketball staff is still very active on the recruiting scene for the 2016 class and beyond. Here's a notebook with some new interest, a new offer for a younger player and more honors for V.J. King.

Cards in contact with ex-UNLV commit

The University of Louisville parted ways with signee Frankie Hughes on Tuesday and sources tell Cardinal Authority the Cardinals are "very active" with a few prospects - both graduate transfers and current high school seniors.

One of those high school seniors is Christian Vital.

The 6-foot-2 guard from Oakdale, Conn., St. Thomas More School recently de-committed to UNLV and had a talk with U of L head coach Rick Pitino on Tuesday night. Vital didn't sign a letter-of-intent with UNLV. He was expected to sign next month.

Vital was one of the top players in the prestigious NEPSAC this year, and he helped lead St. Thomas Moore to a runner up finish. He's also hearing from West Virginia, Connecticut, Iowa and others.

Cards offer 2018 DC wing

U of L associate head coach Kenny Johnson has been heating things up on the recruiting trail in the past week.

On Tuesday, Johnson offered a top 2018 prospect - Kiyon Boyd.

The 6-foot-5 Boyd is a rising star from Woodson High School in Washington, D.C., and also has offers from Georgetown, Cincinnati, Towson State, UMKC, James Madison and Hofstra.

Johnson also offered '18 wing Robby Carmody of Mars, Pa., High School. The 6-4 Carmody also has offers from Xavier, Duquesne, Penn State, Cincinnati, Purdue and Pittsburgh.

V.J. King earns more honors

U of L signee V.J. King will play in the McDonald's All-American Classic later this month and will also participate in the Jordan Brand Classic next month. The 6-foot-7 King finished his career with a sensational senior season.

King averaged 22.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals a game as a senior and helped Paul VI to a 20-11 record and into the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state championship game. King was a first team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honoree and last week was named Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Virginia.


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