Louisville women's basketball team will host a pair of visitors this weekend; add walk-on Jessica Laemmle of Mercy Academy

The University of Louisville women's basketball team will host a pair of visitors this weekend, while the Cardinals have also added Mercy Academy guard Jessica Laemmle as a preferred walk-on.

University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz said on Thursday that recruiting never ends and noted the Cardinals were still looking to add a player to the roster for next season.

With a group of five freshmen expected to come in, Walz and his staff are staying busy.

The Cardinals are hosting a top 2017 prospect this weekend, will have a potential fifth-year senior transfer also visit and have added a preferred walk-on to the roster for next season.

Loretta Kakala, a top 25 prospect in the Class of 2017, is making an official visit to campus. She arrived on Thursday night and her visit began on Friday morning and will last through Saturday night.

The 6-foot-3 Kakala is from Manteca, Calif., and plays for the Cal Stars AAU program. She's ranked No. 26 by ESPN.com and ranked No. 21 by Prospectsnation.com. She is also considering Arizona State, California, UCLA, Georgia Tech and many others.

The other visit will come from Loyola, Ill., Chicago fifth-year guard transfer Taylor Johnson. The 5-foot-6 Johnson was second at Loyola as a junior at 15.1 points a game. She led the team in assists with 102 and steals 79 and had 4.9 rebounds a game in 30 games.

Johnson, who would be eligible next season, is originally from Frankfort, Ill.

The new addition to the roster is Mercy Academy point guard Jessica Laemmle.

The 5-foot-4 Laemmle was the Louisville Catholic Sports Player of the Year after averaging 9.3 points, 5.2 assists, 4.3 steals and 3.3 rebounds a game for the Jaguars as a senior. She helped Mercy to the Sixth Region title as a junior.

Laemmle had some small-school options but decided to accept a preferred walk-on spot with the Cardinals.

"An opportunity to play at Louisville with some of the best coaches and players in the nation does not come around often," Laemmle told Cardinal Authority. "It has always been a dream of mine to play for my city. I have grown up here and now that's all coming true.

"It's such a great feeling and I am excited to work day in and day out with the team goal of a national title in the back of my mind. I know it's going to take hard work and dedication, but I am up for the challenge."

***U of L has also made the final nine list for the No. 3 player in the Class of 2017 - Evina Westbrook. The 5-foot-11 guard from Salem, Ore., narrowed her list to U of L, Maryland, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Rutgers, South Carolina, USC, Tennessee and Washington.

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