University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has said the Class of 2017 is important for his program.
Well, the Cardinals will take their first steps in trying to fill that class this week with two of their top targets making official visits to campus.
Alpharetta, Ga., Milton High School shooting guard Alex O'Connell will arrive on campus around noon for his official visit, while Marietta, Ga., point guard Darius Perry starts his official visit on Wednesday morning.
"I'm excited to see the campus," O'Connell said in a recent interview.
The 6-foot-6 O'Connell had a breakout summer for Team United, which included two big-time efforts on July 8 in front of Pitino at the Peach Invitational Tournament in Augusta, Ga. 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.
"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.
Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on the official visit.