Roundball News and Notes

<b>ITV EXCLUSIVE</b> -- Wondering where 6'8 JUCO All American Nate Daniels is? You don't have to any longer because we'll tell you in this addition of Roundball News and Notes. Also included are updates on Larry O'Bannon and several Cardinal recruiting targets.

Daniels arrives on campus at UofL

Football season is nearing everyday but around these parts basketball remains a hot topic of conversation.  We've put together some news and notes during a relatively quite period in the basketball world to wet your hoops appetite during the hot days of August.

Confirmed.  6'8 JUCO All American Nate Daniels has arrived in Louisville and is on campus.  The talented forward from Broward (FL) C.C. averaged 26 points per game as a junior college sophomore and led his team to a top twenty ranking.  Expect Daniels to be an immediate contributor at both the 3 and 4 positions.

Minardi Hall, the men's basketball programs new residence, is just about ready for the players to move into.  The team will move into their new dorm next Saturday and will be living larger than ever.  Minardi Hall is impressive and should help attract players to the Louisville campus.

Despite speculation that junior guard Larry O'Bannon was contemplating a transfer, we expect he'll begin classes later this month at UofL and remain a member of the 2003-04 Cardinal basketball team.  We've heard O'Bannon has played anywhere he could find a competitive game this summer and appears ready for the start of school later this month.

Fall is the time for starting back to school, leaves turning colors and football.  But for us basketball junkies, fall means official campus visits by recruits and the November signing period.  Earlier this week, ITV confirmed with Lincoln High School Head Coach Dwayne Morton that his star player, Sebastian Telfair, would make an official visit to UofL this fall.  Several big men, including 6'8 Brian Johnson, 6'9 Mohamed Tangara, 6'10 David Burgess, and 6'8 Tello Palacios are expected to visit the Louisville campus too.  It should be an interesting recruiting season with that kind of talent coming in this fall.

Speaking of big men, here's the latest listings and leanings.  Brian Johnson lists UofL and North Carolina as co-favorites. Tangara lists Arizona and Miami ahead of Louisville, Michigan, Memphis and others.  David Burgess favors UCLA over Louisville and several west coast schools like Oregon and Gonzaga.  Tello Palacios has UofL high on his list with schools like Pittsburgh, who made the trip to Columbia this summer to watch him, and St. John's.


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