The University of Louisville basketball staff is likely to try and take a big man along with a point guard in the Class of 2017. And the Cardinals' have made a major move on one of the nations elite post players.
San Diego Cathedral Catholic post player Brandon McCoy, ranked as the No. 16 prospect in the '17 class by Scout.com, said U of L assistant coach David Padgett had a connection and has the Cardinals "really jumped in there" in his recruitment process.
The 7-foot McCoy said he hasn't narrowed his list and was "wide open," but said U of L has come at him strong since the end of his high school season. He plays for Cal Supreme in the Nike EYBL.
"I talk to (Padgett) a lot and I've been texting with Rick Pitino too," McCoy said. "They're an elite program and (Pitino) knows how to coach. I could see myself playing for him."
McCoy has offers from a bunch of the Pac-12 schools, noting he hears a lot from Arizona and California, and also holds offers from U of L, Maryland, Kansas and Connecticut among others.
As a junior at Cathedral Catholic, McCoy averaged 21.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks a game for a team that lost in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division championship game.
"It's an honor to have so many schools after me, but I still have to keep working," McCoy said. "I'm trying to really work hard on passing out of the post. I just want to keep getting better."
In two weeks of the EYBL, McCoy has averaged 18.4 points and 9.4 rebounds a game playing on the same team as 7-foot-1 top prospect DeAndre Ayton. The team is 5-2 in seven games this spring.
McCoy said he's had "a few schools" reaching out after the two weekends.
"I'm still wide open because some schools still are reaching out to me," he said. "I have not cut any school out."
With U of L, McCoy said Padgett is "a great guy" with a connection to his school in San Diego. He said Padgett has been in contact with him "all the time" and has "built a good relationship."
"His brother in-law is a sub at my school and I had him for band," McCoy said. "I play music and I had him as a sub. It's pretty cool.
"(Padgett) said he had heard about me and I'm happy about it. I know Louisville has a run and gun system and that Rick Pitino is an elite coach. They just won a national championship, so I'm excited to get to know more about them."