University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said the 2017 recruiting class was going to be an important one for the future of the program, noting before the summer his staff had some specific needs.
It appears that Pitino and staff are filling those needs.
Louisville wanted an elite big man with a unique skill set and the first commitment - Fort Wayne, Ind., Snider star Malik Williams - fills that void for the Cardinals as a 7-foot prospect who can play the four and five position. Williams is a super skilled player for a 7-footer.
The Cardinals next needed a point guard to come in and play behind Quentin Snider for one year before taking over the reigns. The second commitment in the class took care of that need - Marietta, Ga., Wheeler standout Darius Perry.
And now Pitino has hit shooter.
The Cardinals went after several elite wings who are shooters and while they lost out on a couple the staff has to be elated to have landed Vermont Academy standout Jordan Nwora this morning.
Nwora visited Louisville last weekend and made his commitment known on Wednesday. He's a 6-foot-7 native of Buffalo, N.Y., who can fill it up from outside. Nwora had dozens of offers and his father, Alex, said he's a kid who "is going to get so much better."
"There's not many kids who can do what he can do," said Alex Nwora, who is the head coach at Erie Community College. "He's a unique kid and he's one of the best at what he does. He's only going to get better in college."
Louisville still has one spot left.
Pitino has spent a lot of time recruiting Norcross, Ga., forward Lance Thomas, who will make an official visit this weekend. He's also visited Florida and Miami and is expected to make a visit the following week to USC.
Thomas would make a solid final piece to the four-man class for the Cardinals.
And it would make Pitino smile.
"Our recruiting is going great," Pitino said this summer. "We just have to make sure we fill our needs with this class."