Telfair, Johnson in town this weekend

Coach Pitino will play host to two of the nation's top high school basketball talents this weekend. Sebastian Telfair and Brian Johnson are both scheduled to make official recruiting visits. Talfair's father spoke with ITV Monday evening about his son's upcoming visit and ITV explains how the star point guard's decision might sway Johnson's.

Coach Pitino and the University of Louisville basketball program will host two key prospects from the class of 2004 this weekend and will make their best pitch to wrap up this year's recruiting class with this dynamic duo from the east coast.

6'0 point guard Sebastian Telfair from Brooklyn Lincoln High School, who was originally scheduled to visit the U of L campus last weekend for the UTEP game but cancelled because of airport delays caused by Hurricane Isabel, and 6'9 Brian Johnson of Oak Hill Academy are scheduled to make official visits this weekend to the U of L campus.

According to Telfair's father, the savvy and mature point guard will be accompanied by his brother Danny Turner on his official visit this weekend. Turner is an assistant coach for Lincoln High School Head Coach Dwayne Morton.

"He's excited about his visit to Louisville," Mr. Telfair told ITV. "I told him just to go and have fun."

Asked if Sebastian could announce his decision sometime soon after his official visit to the U of L campus, Mr. Telfair responded, "We'll just have to wait and see."

Telfair has long been thought a heavy U of L lean and a verbal commitment from the star point guard could sway Johnson to pull the trigger and announce his intentions to play for the Cards as well.

Johnson told Inside TheVille last month that Louisville was his leader over childhood favorite, North Carolina.


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Since that conversation, the Tar Heels have been eliminated and Johnson appears down to a select three programs, Louisville, Notre Dame and Arizona.

A decision by Telfair in the near future to announce his intentions to play for Pitino just might sway Johnson to do likewise.

"I would love to play with him [Telfair]," Johnson told ITV. "We played together last year at the Youth Developmental Festival and he's unselfish and passes the ball."

Johnson's coach at Oak Hill, Steve Smith, also indicated a commitment by Telfair to Louisville would only enhance the Cards chances to land the 6'9 power forward.

"It probably wouldn't hurt," Smith said of Telfair's impact on Johnson's decision. "He wants to play for a coach he respects and can win big at the next level. He wants to play right away in a program that can help him get to the next level."

Johnson was scheduled to visit Notre Dame last weekend and has three visits scheduled for the month of October to Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and Arizona.

To the best of our knowledge, this weekend will mark the first time since Ousmane Cisse and T.J. Ford visited prior to the 2000-01 season that two national top 25 prospects will visit the U of L campus together.

And the big question this weekend appears to be whether or not Johnson will need to take the other three visits to Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and Arizona after his visit to Louisville this weekend to make up his mind?

Almost certainly, University of Louisville fans are hoping the answer to that question is a resounding no!


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