New University of Louisville assistant basketball coach Jordan Fair has a ton of connections in the state of Florida.
And among the connections he made before coming to U of L last year as a graduate assistant was with Jemel Daniels, who coaches with the Team CP25 (Chandler Parsons) AAU team. Daniels has one of the better youngsters in the state of Florida on his team.
Fair spent time last week visiting Titusville, Fla., 2020 guard Kario Oquendo. The 6-foot-5 Oquendo has always played up a level on AAU and has skills advanced well beyond his age.
"He's a freakishly good athlete," Daniels said. "I've had him since he was in the seventh-grade and he's played up. He plays above the rim. Not too many people can jump like this kid. He attacks anybody.
"He was just known as that athlete guy, but now he's added a jumper to his game and already has a decent handle. He has a real chance to be an elite-level player and coaches are already seeing this."
Daniels said a few schools have "already inquired" about Oquendo. He noted Fair knew about him from when he was still coaching at Oldsmar and has was "one of the first guys to call about him and like him."
"Louisville is the biggest thing happening for him right now, but his stock will increase," Daniels said.
Oquendo will play with Team CP25 in Dallas and Atlanta this month on the adidas Gauntlet circuit. He will run with the 15s the first weekend and then in Atlanta will play up with the 16s.