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A notebook of recruiting items surrounding some of the University of Louisville targets

A notebook of recruiting items surrounding some of the University of Louisville targets.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino had his three assistant coaches on the road recruiting last week.  The staff spent time in Dallas, Hampton, Va., and New York City.

Here's a notebook of a few items about prospects they saw during the events.

Ramey solid in his two games

Louisville commitment Courtney Ramey only played in two games before he left with a bruised tailbone.

But Ramey was solid in those two outings for a Ramey Jets United team that went 1-3 on the weekend and lost both without the guard in the lineup on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Ramey hit 4 of 6 from the field in the opener and finished the two games 11 of 15 from the free-throw line. He scored 14 points and had two assists, two steals and two rebounds in the opening win, playing 21 minutes.

In 15 minutes before the injury, Ramey had five points, two rebounds and two assists.

Mass Rivals targets played well

Assistant coaches Kenny Johnson and David Padgett spent a lot of time watching the Mass Rivals team.

The Cardinals had already offered 2018 forward A.J. Reeves and extended an offer after the event to 2019 forward Akok Akok.

Reeves played in two games and was 11 of 19 from the field, including 8 of 14 from three-point range. He finished with 33 points and five rebounds in 30 minutes of action during the event.

Akok finished with 52 points, 22 blocked shots and 14 rebounds in 52 minutes of game action.

Romeo being Romeo

New Albany's Romeo Langford didn't play in a game on Saturday because of a minor injury but he was sensational in his return on Sunday and ended up leading the event in scoring at 24.7 a game.

U of L was at all three games he played in the tournament.

Langford was 12 of 22 from the field and 8 of 10 from the line for 35 points in the Sunday game. He finished the event with 74 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals to go with 12 turnovers.

Other big guys at adidas event

Louisville is looking for a post player in the '18 class and checked out several in the adidas event in Dallas.

Oak Hill Academy post David McCormack, who made a visit to U of L's campus recently, averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds in three games for Team Loaded Virginia. He was 17 of 22 from the field in the tournament.

Showtime Ballers big man Djibril Diagne is a 6-foot-9 post who got a quick look. He only scored six points in 58 minutes but had 15 rebounds and four blocked shots. Another big man who the staff had on the radar was Moustapha Diene, a 6-11 prospect, who only played six minutes.

One of the best 2019 prospect in the country - Matthew Hurt - didn't play this weekend for his D1 Minnesota team.

Fair spends a day at Nike event

Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels said assistant coach Jordan Fair spent all day Sunday at the Nike EYBL event in Hampton, Va., noting that Fair "was one of the last coaches in the gym."

At the event, Fair evaluated 2018 big man Emmitt Williams and 2019 top 10 players Vernon Carey and Balsa Koprivica. He watched Orlando 2019 target C.J. Walker and several other '19 targets.

Jarius Hamilton, a forward from Concord, N.C., in the '18 class, is a U of L target but didn't play at the event.

Under Armour event

Fair spent Friday night and all day Saturday at the Under Armour event in New York City.

He watched every game of Moses Brown, who plays for New Heights, and also tracked U of L commitment Anfernee Simons and his post player teammate Emmanuel Dowuona. The 6-foot-11 prospect had eight points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in 15 minutes of the game on Sunday for Team Breakdown.

U of L also spent a lot of time watching Joey Baker of Team Felton.

Upcoming events

The staff will be back on the road this weekend at the three shoe company events.

The Nike and Under Armour events are in the Indianapolis area, while the adidas event is in Cartersville, Ga.

The events begin on Friday night.


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