Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville staff had a long day on Thursday.
Here's a recap of the Cardinals' staff and what they saw at the events they covered on the second day of the first evaluation period of the month. By my court, the staff saw 35 prospects on this day.
Whew, that's a long day. Enjoy the recap:
David Sloan - The Ballard High School senior had just two points in the morning game when Rick Pitino and Kenny Johnson were watching for the first half. Sloan said he has a shoulder injury and took just two shots.
Malik Williams - Still in Philadelphia and it seems like the Cards won't miss a game this season - someone on the staff at least. He had 15 points and nine rebounds in his game this morning, including two three-pointers.
Nick Weatherspoon - Love his game. He had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes with coach Pitino watching much of the game. He's really smooth and I do expect him to make an official visit. Will be tough to get from Missisisppi State but you never know.
Lindell Wigginton - Wigginton was next and he was impressive to the eye - and Pitino was smiling. Wigginton had 17 points, six rebounds and three assists - hitting 5 of 8 three-pointers. Pitino watched the entire game and then he went back with Kenny Johnson later in the day - and they were joined in the end by Mike Balado - when he had 19 points, two assists, two steals and two rebounds and hit two more three-pointers. He's turned into one of the top targets.
Luguentz Dort - Really like this 2018 kid; big, physical and hard-nosed guard. He just had a knee issue and was out for a couple of weeks but back three days and started with a 20-point effort. He was 5 of 7 from the field and 10 of 14 shooting - all going to the bucket and getting fouled. He had 24 on 7 of 11 shooting in the second game.
Mayan Kiir - It was a tough loss in the opener but the 6-foot-9 Kiir had 21 points and 14 rebounds with four assists in front of coach Pitino.
Darrius Perry - The Georgia point guard wasn't his best in front of coach P and even had a technical. But his team won easy and he finished with seven points and two steals with four turnovers.
Makai Ashton-Langford - He was really good for Mass Rivals in an easy win; Ashton-Langford was 8 of 14 from the field and had 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. He's a top, top target.
Makhati Gueye - The big 7-footer had two points and four rebounds; has potential to be really good player.
Romeo Langford - New Albany '18 star was smooth again with 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks for Eric Gordon All-Stars. Louisville was three-deep with coaches and won't miss a game of his this summer.
Jase Febres - A new name but a good one; he's a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Houston, Tx., Westfield High School and he can stroke it folks. He's second at the adidas event in at 24 points a game. he was 8 of 12 shooting in the first game - 4 of 6 from three - and then went 9 of 14 in the night cap - hitting 7 of 8 three-pointers. Will be interesting to see if the Cardinals try to get seriously involved. Am told the kid has some Puerto Rican connections, so there's a chance Louisville could get serious about him.
((Nike Peach Jam))
Here are the prospects I saw:
Matt Coleman - Solid player from Oak Hill and for Boo Williams All-Stars; led his team to a pair of wins on Thursday.
Brandon Randolph - The Westtown, Pa., guard had a sensational day. He's so solid on both ends of the floor - a keeper - and a guy who is going to move way up the list of targets.
D.J. Harvey - Had his best game of the summer on Thursday night with 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Luka Garza - Just gets it done every time I see him; so good on offense and blocked a few shots on this day.