Oak Hill Academy point guard Matt Coleman said he feels like Louisville has recently been making him "a priority" in recruiting

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Oak Hill Academy point guard Matt Coleman has been a target for the University of Louisville for quite a while but said at the Peach Invitational that recently he feels like a "priority" for the Cardinals.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff are searching for a couple of good guards.

The Cardinals have a list of prospects they are tracking this week and one who is seemingly getting a lot of attention from the U of L staff is Oak Hill Academy point guard Matt Coleman.

The 6-foot-2 Coleman has played in front of Pitino twice this week at the Peach Invitational at T.W. Josey High School, while assistant coaches Kenny Johnson and David Padgett have also seen him play.

"I talk to coach Johnson like every day," Coleman said. "He's such a great guy and he keeps it real. He's been like what to we have to do to make you bleed this Cardinal red. He said I could come there, run the show and get the job done."

Coleman said he's been recruited by Louisville and Johnson for "quite a while," but noted "lately it's picked up."

"I really feel like they are prioritizing me," Coleman said. "After I get off the phone with coach Johnson, then coach Pitino will always shoot me a text and be like, 'What's up?'. They're in contact a whole lot."

The No. 44 prospect in the Class of 2017, Coleman is ranked as the No. 11 point guard. He helped Oak Hill win the national title last season and played along side another top U of L target Lindell Wigginton.

Coleman said the Pitino up-tempo style would "be great for me."

"I think it fits me perfectly," he said. "They get it up and down and the guards always have the ball in their hands."

He's playing with his Boo Williams team this week but will leave on Tuesday for Houston for training camp with the U-18 USA Basketball team. The U-18 team will begin play in the FIBA U-18 World Championships on July 19 in Chile.

"That will be a little bit of my down time," he said. "I'll try and think about the schools and cut my list to 10 or 11 when I get back and talk to my family. And then I will make some visits."

Coleman said he "really wanted" to make a trip to Louisville.

While North Carolina is among the newer interest for Coleman, he said U of L, Texas, Arizona, N.C. State, Ohio State, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Providence, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech and Washington have been working the hardest in his recruitment.



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