By Jody Demling - Cardinal Authority

Brimmer & May, Mass., small forward A.J. Reeves said Louisville is starting to show "a lot of interest" in his recruitment

EMERSON, Ga. - Brimmer & May, Mass., small forward A.J. Reeves said Louisville is starting to show "a lot of interest" in his recruitment.

Chestnut Hill, Mass., Brimmer & May School small forward A.J. Reeves has been one of the standout players on the adidas Gauntlet circuit through the first two weekends of play this spring.

And he's seeing his recruitment pick up big time.

The 6-foot-6, 185-pound Reeves told Cardinal Authority this week at the adidas stop in the Atlanta area that several schools are picking up the interest, including the University of Louisville.

Reeves said he has 15 offers but mentioned U of L, Connecticut, Providence, Villanova, Virginia Tech and Auburn. U of L coach Rick Pitino was at two of Reeves' Mass Rivals games this weekend along with assistant coach Jordan Fair.

The Cardinals, who are also recruiting his AAU teammate Akok Akok, have had a coach at all six games he's played the last two weeks.

"It's pretty cool because their interest level is increasing a lot," Reeves said. "I have been working pretty hard and I am glad they are showing love.

"They have been talking to me a lot more, showing me a lot of interest."

U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson is the lead recruiter and Reeves said the Cardinals offered him a scholarship last summer. The Cardinals were recruiting his teammate Makai Ashton-Langford from the Class of 2017.

"Last year was Makai's time, so I was just on the team working hard," Reeves said. "Now, this time it's more about me and they see me as a guy they want. I appreciate that the interest is high."

Reeves is the No. 83 player in the '18 class and is averaging 12.1 in the two events this spring. He's hit 16 of 35 from three-point range, including 8 of 21 this weekend. He's scored in double figures in every game he's played.

While he's known as a shooter, Reeves said he's "a slasher and can shoot it well."

"I am just a difficult matchup for the defense," he said. "I can use my shot as a weapon and I can also penetrate. But it's not all for show. If I dribble and penetrate, I am going to dish it off."

Reeves said he hopes to perhaps visit Louisville sometime and said he's watched them a few times and feels like he would be a "great fit" for what Pitino likes to do on both ends of the floor.

"I watched them a few times this year and they play very, very hard," he said. "It's kind of like us on the (Mass) Rivals, their defense leads to their offense. I really like how they play."

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