Oldsmar, Fla., Christian 2018 guard Elijah Weaver made a recent visit to Louisville; has been tracked by the staff and talks about the Cards

Oldsmar, Fla., Christian point guard Elijah Weaver is one of the elite players in the Class of 2018 and a top target for the University of Louisville. Weaver made a recent visit to Louisville and has been tracked all summer by the Cardinals.

The University of Louisville basketball staff has a couple of high priority prospects in the Class of 2018, including New Albany, Ind., wing Romeo Langford and Orlando, Fla., guard Anfernee Simons.

Another major target is Elijah Weaver.

The '18 point guard from Oldsmar, Fla., Christian has seen a lot of the faces of the Louisville staff this summer, playing with Simons on the Team Breakdown 16s squad. The Cardinals' have made it a point to be at almost every game the two have played.

"Yeah, it's nice," Weaver said. "They said they really want me to come play there."

Ranked as the No. 33 player in the '18 class, Weaver has been sensational at the Under Armour All-American camp during week one and then with Team Breakdown in the Under Armour Finals. He scored 65 points in five games at the UA finals and ended the season, fifth in the 16s division at 17.3 points a game - in 17 games.

Weaver said he took notice the U of L staff was at a lot of his games and expects the Cardinals' coaches to be in Miami this weekend at the Miami Hoops Festival. He said Villanova and Florida are the other schools showing him a lot of interest.

"Those are the three right now," Weaver said, noting he still enjoys the recruiting process. "When (the recruiting) first started I liked it a lot, yeah, but now I kind of just want to focus on getting in the gym and getting better.

"But I still enjoy talking to the coaches and building relationships."

Weaver's relationship with the U of L staff has been coming along quite well. He said he has a good relationship with assistant coach Mike Balado and has talked with Rick Pitino.

His former coach at Oldsmar, Jordan Fair, is now a program assistant at Louisville.

"He's family and it's nice to see him there," Weaver said of Fair. "It's not really an edge for Louisville that he's there but it doesn't hurt to have someone there you are familiar with."

Weaver spent time at Louisville last month and said the visit "actually, felt like home."

"I really enjoyed myself a lot," Weaver said. "It's a great fit for me. I am basically looking at the schools and thinking if I got hurt could I still be there and enjoy myself on the campus. And I really liked it there.

"It's a great program, a nice area and a good campus. I went there and was in that gym thinking that I could see myself shooting around there. It really did feel a lot like home."

Weaver had a stellar sophomore campaign, averaging 12 points and six assists on a top team nationally. Oldsmar finished 29-9, beat five top-10 ranked teams nationally and the Eagles made it to the SIAA State Championship game.


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