Cardinal Authority publisher Jody Demling breaks down where Louisville is trending with its top basketball targets in the Class of 2017

Cardinal Authority publisher Jody Demling breaks down where the University of Louisville is trending with its top basketball targets in the Class of 2017.

We are just two weeks away from the University of Louisville basketball staff being back on the road again. The Cardinals' staff will hit the road on July 5 for three evaluations periods during the month.

The Class of 2017 is expected to be four or five players for the Cardinals and it's starting to take shape.

There are a few players the Cardinals' are likely to pay close attention too in July, while some new names will surface and some of the names we have been hearing are likely to drop off the list.

Rick Pitino and his staff have hosted a few prospects and will host a couple more before the end of the month.

Here is a look at how the Cardinals are trending with their 2017 targets this month. This list does not include every recruit on the board for the U of L staff, just a few trending up or down for the Cardinals.

An Indianapolis Southport guard, Paul Scruggs made a recent visit to Louisville's campus and said he "really learned a lot" from his chat with head coach Rick Pitino and assistant coach Kenny Johnson. It was huge for the Cardinals' to get Scruggs on campus and it appears Louisville is in a race with Xavier and Indiana for a commitment from Scruggs. He's a physical guard with a ton of upside, ranked No. 37 in the class.

D.J. Harvey has been a longtime target for the Cardinals and he's a former teammate of current U of L freshman V.J. King on Team Takeover. The knock on Harvey has been inconsistent play during the spring but don't expect the Cardinals to back off. He'll be one of the top targets heading into the summer and with Kenny Johnson's connections to Team Takeover there's a real chance to get him.

A month ago, it seemed like Malik Williams was a lock to go to a Big Ten school - likely Michigan State - but now Louisville seemingly has made up a ton of ground in the race to land the 7-footer. Williams was on campus recently for a visit and said his mother "just loved it." She will be a huge factor in where he attends school and at this point I'd say Louisville is one of the favorites.

Darius Perry was a new name on the board for the Cardinals last week and backed up the talk about the Cardinals' with a solid performance at the NBPA Top 100 Camp. He's a really solid all-around point guard and the type Rick Pitino can make into a three or four-year star. Love the chances for Louisville to land Perry.

Big man with tons of skills on the offensive end. Luka Garza is also a Team Takeover guy and it seems like the Cardinals are the favorites to land the big fella if Pitino signs off on him this summer. Could he be the first commitment in the '17 class?

Louisville is still in the mix and will take a swing for the fences with Brandon McCoy. It's tough to call if he will come off the West Coast, but the big deal is to get him on campus for a visit. Right now, McCoy says he "really wants to" visit Louisville soon.

Quade Green might be in the trending up category if he has a visit scheduled. He was offered by Duke on his visit this week and is also expecting to visit Kentucky. He's still saying all the right things about Louisville and at this point there's still a shot.

Makai Ashton-Langford said U of L, Connecticut and Providence are out in front in his recruitment and the Cardinals need to make sure he gets on campus for a visit. That should happen soon and then we'll see how serious he is - at this point I believe he's serious enough that the Cardinals have a real shot. He's an elite guard in the class.

Brandon Randolph is one of the best shooters in the class and when Rick Pitino sees him this summer, I would expect the Cardinals will turn up the heat. He has a connection with the staff in that he's known Russ Smith for a long time. He's closer to trending up than he is down.

Haven't heard a ton about Lindell Wigginton, but I'm keeping him here because I believe he'll be a top target after the first weekend of July for the staff. I think he's good enough to make them really want to push for him after watching all the targets.

Nick Weatherspoon is another who can make his way into the 'up' category after a visit, which is expected in the next week. Mississippi State has been perceived the leader for Weatherspoon but he told me last week that anybody who thinks he's a lock there "doesn't really know me."

Matt Coleman is another guy Kenny Johnson has solid connections with but haven't heard a lot with Coleman and Louisville recently.

With all of the other options at guard, seems like the Cardinals have moved on from David Sloan. He's one of the smaller guys they have been recruiting in the class and I believe the staff will go for a bigger point guard.

Mayan Kiir wants to commit to Louisville - in my opinion - noting he has more connections and knows more about Louisville "than any other school. I'm just comfortable with them," at the school. But he'll have to have a big summer to show Rick Pitino he's Louisville level.

Taveion Hollingsworth is one of the best players in the state of Kentucky and Louisville will give him a long look; but I think they'll end up going in another direction when it comes down to it.

Was a prospect they were in on early in his career, but he's not on the radar anymore.

Other names you might hear with Louisville but we'll wait to put them into the trend meter: Savion Flagg, Darius Banks, Milos Apic, Ncolas Claxton and Jordan Tucker.

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