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Brandon Rush gets interest from Louisville

Brandon Rush,'s #1 ranked small forward in the junior class nationally, is receiving serious interest from the University of Louisville and Coach Pitino. Mount Zion (NC) Christian Academy Head Coach Tony Fozard spoke with ITV about Rush's recruitment and Louisville's interest in the talented forward. <P> <B>EXTRA: <a href="">Does UofL have "edge" for Burgess</b></a><img src=>

6'6 Brandon Rush from Mount Zion (NC) Christian Academy, TheInsiders #1 ranked small forward in the class of 2005, is receiving interest from the University of Louisville and Head Coach Rick Pitino, according to Mount Zion Head Coach Tony Fozard.

According to Fozard, the Louisville coaching staff has been in contact with him since the adidas ABCD Camp in July to express interest in the 6'6 small forward.

"They [U of L] want him to come in and build around him in 2005," Fozard said. "Coach Pitino can help him or any kid reach their goals of playing at the next level.

Rush, the brother of former UCLA standout Jaron and Missouri star Kareem, is a versatile and talented forward originally from Kansas City, MO.

"I think he's the best at his position in his class," Fozard said.

Considered one of the top ten players overall in the junior class nationally, Rush played extremely well this past July at the adidas ABCD Camp, displaying his explosive athleticism and exquisite all-around skills. A smooth performer on the wing, Rush is exciting in transition and going to the hole and also has the ability to get work done from the perimeter. He's also extremely versatile and Fozard said he'll play some point guard for Mount Zion this season.

Rush was named to the Underclassmen All Star game at ABCD and had 15 points and 5 rebounds.

"Brandon Rush was the best prospect on the floor," National Recruiting expert Dave Telep said following the ABCD All-Star game. "He's got Jaron's size and Kareem's scoring package and he's starting to really heat up."

Rush, who didn't play high school basketball during his first year and a half in school, has been reclassified as a junior this season and is attending Mount Zion.

The ultra-talented small forward lists Arkansas, Louisville, Indiana, Southern Cal, Oklahoma and Missouri. Three scouts from the NBA have also been in to see Rush as well, according to Fozard.

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