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Tasmin Mitchell has U of L high on current list

<b>ITV RECRUITING EXCLUSIVE</b> - The nation's top ranked junior, 6'7 forward <b>Tasmin Mitchell</b>, talks about his interest in Louisville and the factors he'll use to make his decision.<P> <B>EXTRA:</B> <a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/227393.html"><B>DB Hampton commits to Cardinals</b></a>

6'7 Tasmin Mitchell, TheInsiders No. 1 ranked junior, emerged as the top player in his class following a stellar performance over the summer.

Mitchell, the MVP of the underclass all-star game last July at the adidas ABCD camp, told Inside The Ville Thursday evening that LSU, North Carolina and Kentucky currently rank just ahead of Louisville on his current list.

"I like Louisville," Mitchell said. "They're not one of my top choices right now but I like Coach Pitino a lot."

Mitchell's godfather, Butch Pierre, is an assistant to John Brady at LSU. However, the 6'7 forward has repeatedly stated his relationship with Pierre won't be the most important factor when he makes his decision.

"No, indeed [not]," Mitchell responded when asked if Pierre would be a big factor in his decision. "It's just me and my mom."

Mitchell said the factors he'll consider to make his decision will be the educational opportunities, the location of the school, and how talented the players are both on the team and in his recruiting class.

"I don't want to go to a boring town," Mitchell said. "And I want to play with good players."

And even though Tasmin wasn't aware of Louisville's big win Wednesday night over Cincinnati, he was excited and impressed to learn of the game's outcome when the subject came up.

"Coach Pitino really does a great job with his team," Mitchell said.

Mitchell, who is averaging 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots this season while leading his team to a 21-5 record and a No. 2 ranking in Louisiana, says he wants to play some small forward in college, while also sliding over to the four from time to time.

"I want to play the three and the four in college," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said he'll likely begin taking visits this spring after his high school season ends and said he planned on taking a trip to Louisville.

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