Whether it's Sebastian Telfair and the NBA or renewed interest in Rajon Rondo, "The Skinny's," got it covered."> Whether it's Sebastian Telfair and the NBA or renewed interest in Rajon Rondo, "The Skinny's," got it covered.">

The Skinny

Want to know the latest hoops recruiting scoop or get updates on the performances of the Cardinals top prospects and signees? If so, you need the <i>"The Skinny."</i> Whether it's Sebastian Telfair and the NBA or renewed interest in Rajon Rondo, "The Skinny's," got it covered.

Want to know the latest happenings in University of Louisville basketball recruiting? How about updates on the progress of the Cardinals top signees and prospects?

If that's what you're looking for and you're reading this, then you're off to a good start.

Things can change quickly in recruiting and often it's the smallest details you have to pay attention to understand the big picture.

A prime example has occured during the past couple weeks with Louisville's prized point guard signee Sebastian Telfair.

Sure Telfair said all the right things while in town last weekend, assuring Cardinals fans who bought every ticket for his matchup against 6'10 U of L signee Terrance Farley and Pleasure Ridge Park that he'd be in Louisville next fall "As long as he was alive."

Is that the case, though?

It seems the NBA talk surrounding Telfair has intensified since his 37 point performance, including five three pointers, at the Pangos Dream Classic a few weeks ago.

And what about the sneakers Telfair wore while in Louisville? You know, the ones with the swoosh on them? Maybe they were just a gift from his buddy LeBron?

But it they weren't a gift from the 6'8 James, here's why it was it odd to see Telfair wearing Nike's. Not only has he always played on the adidas AAU circuit and at the former adidas ABCD camp, but Lincoln is also an adidas sponsored school. And guess who paid the expenses for Lincoln's trip to Louisville? Yep, adidas.


Telfair giving an autograph
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So what's it tell you that just days after Telfair left town to head home to the Big Apple, that U of L coaches were on the phone with Oak Hill's Steve Smith expressing renewed interest in former Louisville Eastern High School standout Rajon Rondo?

I don't know about you, but it tells me the likelihood of Sebastian Telfair turning pro after his senior year of high school is more likely to happen now than before. Perhaps I'm reading the tea leaves wrong, but I stongly suspect I'm looking in the right direction.

But Rondo would be an equally strong catch for the Cards if it went down like that. He's clearly one of the elite point guards in the class, just behind guys like Shuan Livingston and Telfair. Not only is he the nation's hottest prospect, he's also one of the top 25-30 players overall.

And he's exactly what Louisville needs at the point. He's a drive and dish guy who can break opponents down off the dribble and with more than its share of shooters, Rondo's skills would compliment guys like Taquan Dean, Francisco Garcia and Larry O'Bannon in the Louisville backcourt.

Don't believe Rondo's that good? Try this. He recently threw up ridiculous numbers in the championship game of the CB Hospitalet Junior Tournament in Barcelona, Spain. How ridiculous?

How's 55 points and 14 assists?

Saturday night, Rondo scored 18 points against Franklin County High at the Sun Trust Classic. He's averaging over 20 points per game on the season and he's the floor general for a 20-0 team ranked #1 in the nation.

And many have asked if Rondo would even consider Lousiville after they signed Telfair in the fall. Even though Rondo's not been mentioning Louisville much lately, we understand he'd be very receptive to an offer from Louisville if it comes down to that. At bottom, Louisville is home for Rondo, and it's safe to say he'd love the opportunity to play his college ball in Freedom Hall.

Another Louisville signee, 6'9 Brian Johnson, teams with Rondo at Oak Hill and played well Saturday night, scoring 16 points on the night.

Both Rondo and Brian Johnson will be in action today in Greensboro, NC, along with fellow U of L signee Lorenzo Wade and underclass prospects Brandon Rush, and Tracey Smith of Mount Zion Christian Academy at the North Carolina Classic.

Speaking of Wade, this guys a stat sheet stuffer. He scores, rebounds and finds the open man. He's played well in his last three outings, going for 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists against UK signee Ramel Bradley's IMG Pendleton School in a 130-63 rout, 11 points, 7 boards, and 5 assists vs. Bonner Academy in a 127-68 win, and 22 points, 6 rebounds, and three assists in a 97-79 win over UNC's JV squad.

Wade's team, Hargrave Military Academy, is 12-1 on the season.

That leads us to Donta Smith, the number one junior college player in the country.

If Smith were a senior in high school this season, he'd easily rank among the top 5 players in the nation. Over the last four games, Smith has gone for 13, 40, 23, and 31 points. He made 12 field goals and 15-20 free throws in a close loss to Moberly, nailed five three pointers vs. Olney Central, and helped his team come from 17 down against Shawnee.

Smith and Southeastern Illinois are 14-2 on the season.

Last but certainly not least, is the 6'10 Farley. He's getting better and better all the time, and we've seen some flashes of improved offensive post moves in his last few outings.

We know he's a shot blocker, and he stepped up big against Lincoln last weekend, posting a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocks.

Despite a solid performance against Eastern in last week's Louisville Invitational Tournament, where he posted 12 points, 6 boards, and 2 blocked shots, PRP couldn't avoid the upset as the Eagles' Jermaine Bentley hit the game winner in the waning seconds of the game.

So there you have it, that's this week's "Skinny."

Now that the holidays are over, the "Skinny," will be here each Monday during the rest of the high school and junior college action.


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