Mayan Kirr, a cousin of current Louisville player Mangok Mathiang, is hoping to follow in his footsteps with the Cardinals' program

Mayan Kiir, who is the cousin of University of Louisville senior Mangok Mathiang, talks about his recruiting process and his interest in the Cardinals. Kiir was at the NBPA Top 100 Camp last week in Charlottesville, Va.

Bradenton, Fla., big man Mayan Kiir didn't want to answer many questions about his recruiting process last week at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va., asking several reporters to "skip" those questions.

"I'm concentrated on my game," Kiir said.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward from Australia has a handful of offers and at least one school - the University of Louisville - is deep in the recruiting process because of a connection Kiir has to the Cardinals.

His cousin is U of L senior Mangok Mathiang and he also knows U of L sophomore Deng Adel, who played at the same high school and for the same AAU program as Kiir in Florida.

"I never really watched Louisville until he started playing on that team," Kiir said. "When I started watching that team, I just fell in love with how they play. It just fits me as a player. It really fits my personality."

Kiir, who also has offers from Illinois, VCU and Long Beach State, admitted he knows more about Louisville than others. He's always talking to Mathiang, who helps him with his game and tells him about the Cardinals.

"I am really energetic and they are too," he said. "They're motor runs and so does mine, so it fits me well."

A four-star prospect, Kiir ranks as the No. 20 power forward in the country. He averaged 7.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks a game in eight games at the Top 100 camp.

"I would have to say I need to improve on using my left hand and making my left hooks," he said. "In a year, I have come a long way. I can see the progress in my jump shot. But I still need to get better.

"I need to be able to consistently hit the jump shot."

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