A preview of some of the top targets the University of Louisville coaching staff will be tracking this July

A preview of the July recruiting period for the University of Louisville basketball coaches as the staff hits the road on Wednesday. Here's a look at a few prospects the staff is likely going to be tracking.

After sitting out the month of April because of the self-imposed penalties, the University of Louisville basketball staff is back on the road.

U of L coach Rick Pitino and his three assistant coaches will be scattered all over the country this week - the first of three five-day evaluation periods - for Division I college basketball coaches.

The Cardinals are expected to try and sign four or five players in the Class of 2017.

Pitino is expected to start the evaluation period in Philadelphia watching Fort Wayne, Ind., big man Malik Williams, indicating he's perhaps the top target of the post players on the Cardinals' big board. Williams made a visit to U of L last month.

The Hall of Fame coaches is also expected at the adidas event in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Nike Peach Jam in Augusta, Ga., this week. The Cardinals have as many as 20 prospects they are still recruiting on their board.

While the staff wasn't able to be on the road in April, Pitino said in a recent interview that he didn't feel like the Cardinals' were behind in recruiting. In fact, Pitino said he felt like the staff had done a very good job.

"We feel good about where we're at in recruiting," he said. "We're in on some really good players,"

Louisville is expected to sign a post player and certainly will try to land a point guard. The Cardinals are in the mix for top guards Paul ScruggsDarius PerryBrandon RandolphMakai Ashton-LangfordNick Weatherspoon and Lindell Wigginton among others.

Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on the Cardinals' recruiting efforts.

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