U of L coach evaluates Tasmin Mitchell

<b>RECRUITING EXCLUSIVE</b> - The nation's top junior, <b>Tasmin Mitchell</b>, was recently evaluated by Louisville assistant Vince Taylor in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Can Louisville overcome the in-state school for this star? You might be surprised by the answer!

Last week, Inside The Ville spoke with Tasmin Mitchell about his recruitment, his favorites, and his interest in Louisville.

If you'll recall, Mitchell told ITV that his top four schools were LSU, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Louisville and that he planned to make a visit to the U of L campus, possibly this spring.

Shortly after our conversation with Mitchell, the 6'7 beast of a combo forward was evaluated by U of L assistant coach Vince Taylor, who stopped by to check in on Mitchell during one of Denham Springs practices.

"We get a lot of coaches that come through here," Denham Springs head coach Paul Smith said despite the rumors that Mitchell is all but a lock for the home state Tigers. "I think he's going to look at a lot of different schools."

Smith conceeded that Tasmin and his mother are close with LSU assistant coach Butch Pierre, who is Mitchell's godfather, but reiterated what the player himself told us last week, that he's not a lock for the Tigers just because of that relationship.

"He says he likes Louisville," Smith said. "He's interested in Louisville and says he'll visit there."

Granting his close family ties to an LSU assistant coach, what would a school have to offer to convince Mitchell to leave the state for college?

"I think it would take a school that has proven they can put players in the pros from college and could do the same for Tasmin," Smith explained.

Smith made another good point about LSU.

"Butch may not even be there [LSU] next year," Smith said. "So you never know what's going to happen."

Off the harwood, Smith says his star forward is both a good person and a good student.

"He's a great kid," Smith said. "He gets A's and B's and a few C's but he could be an A/B student without any problem."

And despite conventional wisdom, Inside The Ville won't conceed Mitchell to LSU, particularly when he intends to visit the Louisville campus and has expressed interest in the Cards.

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