Louisville is now showing interest for 2017 in-state guard Taveion Hollingsworth; he helped Paul Dunbar to the Kentucky state title in March

The University of Louisville is now showing interest for 2017 in-state guard Taveion Hollingsworth. The 6-foot-3 Hollingsworth helped lead Paul Dunbar High School to the state title in March.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has always kept a close eye on the talent in the state of Kentucky.

The Cardinals have had a handful of top in-state players during his tenure and have now reached out - and are recruiting - another top player from the Class of 2017 from the Commonwealth.

Already with an offer out to Ballard guard David Sloan, the Cardinals have started recruiting Paul Dunbar guard Taveion Hollingsworth. He was the MVP of the Kentucky Sweet 16 in March.

"They said they are going to be watching him," Dunbar coach Scott Chalk said. "I can say that he was pretty excited about Louisville. He wants to play at the highest level. He's getting a lot of contact now."

Hollingsworth has offers from Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky, Winthrop and UNC Wilmington. He added one over the weekend from Saint Louis, made an unofficial visit to Xavier last season and Chalk said West Virginia told him he's "No. 1 on their board as a guard."

Louisville assistant coach David Padgett has been in contact, while Wichita State has also been in contact.

"He can play at that level, I'm sure of that," Chalk said. "We always felt like he was a little under appreciated. I think the (interest) is just something for him to know his hard work is paying off. He's really good."

Hollingsworth averaged 21 points and 5.4 rebounds as Paul Dunbar finished 33-6 and beat Doss in the championship game of the Sweet 16. He was a first-team All-State selection and is a leader in the race for 2017 Mr. Basketball.

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