The University of Louisville is now showing interest in 7-footer Victor Uyaelumno; plays for Florida Vipers on the AAU scene

MARIETTA, Ga. - The University of Louisville basketball staff has a few new names on the recruiting board after the first evaluation period. One of the new names is 7-footer Victor Uyaelumno, who plays for Florida Vipers on the AAU scene.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is turning over every stone, trying to land a post player for the Class of 2017.

The Cardinals are in good shape for Fort Wayne, Ind., center Malik Williams and several other prospects are still on the Cardinals' recruiting board. But there's also a new post player name after the first week of evaluations.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Calvary Christian center Victor Uyaelunmo played in front of U of L assistant coach Mike Balado at the Under Armour All-American camp and again on Saturday and Sunday at the On The Radar event at Wheeler High School.

The 7-foot, 200-pound Uyaelumno told Cardinal Authority he has been talking with the U of L staff and head coach Rick Pitino is expected to evaluate him at the Under Armour Finals next weekend in Cartersville, Ga.

"When Gorgui Dieng went there, Louisville was one of my favorite teams," Uyaelumno said. "They've had a lot of African players and they have done a really good job of developing them.

"I really like Louisville a lot and they have been talking to my parents in Senegal a lot."

One of the better shot blockers in the Class of 2017, Uyaelumno has more than 15 scholarship offers and mentioned USC, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and Illinois as schools showing him the most interest.

Uyaelumno said he will will cut the list after July and then schedule some visits, noting Louisville jumping in now is "not too late."

"I want to force on winning now and I will worry about colleges after July," he said.

Uyaelumno came to the states in 2012 with the hopes of playing college basketball. He attended Miami Gulliver Prep last season but recently transferred to Calvary Christian.

"I always wanted to play college basketball because I want to go to college, basketball will pay for my college," he said.

He averaged 7.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game on the Under Armour circuit during the spring.

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