Marietta, Ga., Wheeler High School point guard Darius Perry will make an official visit to Louisville; has become a top PG target for U of L

MARIETTA, Ga. - Marietta, Ga., Wheeler High School point guard Darius Perry has become a main target for the University of Louisville basketball staff and told Cardinal Authority he will visit the Cardinals the first week of August.

The University of Louisville basketball staff is searching for a point guard in the Class of 2017.

The Cardinals have narrowed their focus to a few guys with Ashburnham, Mass., Cushing Academy point guard Makai Ashton-Langford and Oak Hill Academy guards Lindell Wigginton and Matt Coleman confirming last week they all want to make official visits to U of L.

U of L coach Rick Pitino has watched Marietta, Ga., Wheeler High School point guard Darius Perry three times this week and Perry has obviously left an impression on the Hall of Fame coach.

Perry confirmed to Cardinal Authority that Pitino told him he was a "priority" recruit and the 6-foot-2 four-star said he would make an official visit to check out the campus during the first week of August.

"I noticed they have been here a lot and we are building a relationship," Perry said of the U of L staff. "It feels good. A lot of schools are making me a priority right now, but I am just trying to focus on the school that has the best opportunity."

Perry, ranked No. 80 in the '17 rankings, said the other schools showing the most interest were Georgia, Texas A&M and Iowa State. His father, Eric, said Georgetown and Baylor and others are trying to get in the mix.

"It could always change, but those are it right now," Eric Perry said.

The younger Perry said U of L jumped into the mix in early June and he's "very excited" to get a chance to see campus. He said the dates are not set in stone, but it's likely he'll arrive on Aug. 5.

Perry said his mother and father will go on the visit with him and noted he will likely take four or five visits before a decision.

But Louisville has made an impression in the recruitment. Pitino was at his first three games this week after watching him last week, while assistants David Padgett and Mike Balado have also seen him this week.

"They tell me all the time that I am a perfect fit," Perry said. "I have watched them play a lot and I like how they let their point guards play. I take a lot of pride in my defense. One of my biggest pet peeves is when defense is not played."

Game Elite played last week in Spartanburg, S.C., in the adidas Gauntlet and then ended the week in the On the Radar Hoops event at Wheeler High and Perry said he didn't feel like he played his best.

But this week, Perry has been playing at an elite-level for Game Elite. On Thursday night, Perry was close to a quadruple-double in a win over the Atlanta Celtics in the Champions Summer Classic at Wheeler.

"Me and my dad talked about that a lot," Perry said. "Playing more under control and my assist-to-turnover ratio. We have been working on it and we talked about it after last week. I just decided to come out here and try to do it better."

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