Alpharetta, Ga., shooting guard Alex O'Connell finishing up his monster summer, says all the new offers are 'a blessing'

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Alpharetta, Ga., Milton High School shooting guard Alex O'Connell has had a huge summer on the AAU scene with Team United. O'Connell prepares for his final event and then will take an official visit to Louisville.

It's already been a big summer for Alex O'Connell.

The 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Alpharetta, Ga., Milton High School has more than 30 scholarship offers, including nine new ones since the start of the evaluation period in early July.

"It's a real blessing," O'Connell told Cardinal Authority. "I'm very blessed and very lucky."

O'Connell didn't play with his Team United squad at the AAU Super Showcase but starts his final event of the summer on Monday in Los Angeles when he's one of 60 players to compete in the Nike Skills Academy.

Ranked as the No. 65 player in the country by Scout.com, O'Connell will be at The Academy until Thursday and then the following Monday will begin his official visit to the University of Louisville.

"It's been a really interesting month," O'Connell said. "I've had a lot of calls and texts from coaches just seeing how I was doing and trying to build relationships. Again, I'm just very blessed."

O'Connell said he was "really excited" to get on his Louisville official visit. He had noted several times that he wants to make a college decision by the end of the month of August.

While there are a ton of other schools getting involved in the recruiting process, O'Connell said he was "super excited" that the Cardinals' jumped into the mix. He said U of L coach Rick Pitino and assistant Kenny Johnson helped him break down the programs roster.

"They're losing some guys and need a wing," O'Connell said. "He said I'm the guy he wants."

O'Connell, who averaged 22.3 points a game last season at Milton, was an All-Metro Atlanta North Fulton selection as a junior. His father, Mike, played for Bill Foster at Duke and his brother, Shawn, is a 6-foot-8 forward at Georgia Southern.

Playing for Team United on the Nike EYBL circuit, O'Connell averaged 14.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game.

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