Louisville has jumped into the mix for two 2019 stars from University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Balsa Koprivica and Vernon Carey

The University of Louisville basketball staff has jumped into the mix for two 2019 stars from University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Balsa Koprivica and Vernon Carey. The Cardinals are now recruiting both standouts.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., University School 2019 prospects Balsa Koprivica and Vernon Carey were two of the youngest players at the NBPA Top 100 Camp last week in Charlottesville, Va.

Both players are elite prospects with already tons of recruiting interest. And now that interest includes the University of Louisville.

The Cardinals have jumped into the mix for both the 7-foot Koprivica and the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Carey, whose father is former Miami Dolphins football player Vernon Carey.

"I felt like I fit in (at the camp)," Koprivica said. "It's been fun to see where I stand. I like (the recruiting attention) but I just have to stay humble and keep working hard no matter who is recruiting me."

Koprivica and his mother - Tanja Cavic - came to the U.S. Belgrade, Serbia in June 2012, right after he finished fifth grade. They originally traveled to New York and Chicago before moving to South Florida.

He's been a prospect who has caught scouts eyes from early on and now he's considered a top 25 prospect nationally.

Koprivica said he has Baylor, Miami, Georgia State, Murray State and Florida, while Florida State, Louisville and "plenty of others" have been showing him some interest.

Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels said last week that Koprivica: "Has good footwork and can finish inside but he also can step out and shoot. He’s a very impressive passer for a center while he also rebounds his area and contests shots due to his length. There’s nothing but upside here."

Carey, whose father played at the University of Miami, already has a ton of college interest and was very impressive at the NBPA Camp. His father played eight years in the NFL and is a former high school star at Miami Northwestern, the same schools that produced Teddy Bridgewater.

"My dad helps me a lot," Carey said. "Most people already know who he is and he's been through it. So that helps."

Scout.com analyst Brian Snow said this about Carey: "Already moves very well for a kid his size. On top of that Carey is a solid shooter out to the three point line and has a good motor. With good hands and a solid feel for the game, Carey is also a very good rebounder and someone who knows how to impact the game on both ends of the floor."

Carey said he has offers from Miami, Florida and Baylor and is being recruited by "a lot of others," including Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, Florida State, Saint Louis and Louisville.



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