Cards turn up the heat on 6'10 junior

While Louisville continues to work the current crop of seniors, they're starting to turn up the heat on several underclass prospects, including 6'10 Utah center Brayden Bell.

Brayden Bell is a name that might not be familiar to most University of Louisville fans but he's been on the Cardinals recruiting radar for some time.

And while the Cards have had the 6'10 Bell on their recruiting board, Bell has consistently listed Louisville among his favorites for awhile now.

Now, Pitino and staff are beginning to turn up the heat on the sweet shooting big man with three point shooting range from out west.

From Brighton High in Salt Lake City, Utah, Bell is starting to receive heavy interest from Louisville, according to his AAU coach, Dave Hammer.

U of L assistant coach Reggie Theus has been out to visit with Bell, and they've spoken with Rick Pitino. On February 13, assistant coach Kevin Willard will fly out west to watch Bell again.

A number of schools have showed interest with the 6'10 power forward, and Bell gave TheInsiders a list before Christmas.

"Kansas, Utah, Louisville, Arizona, Oregon, Pepperdine, Utah State, BYU and Gonzaga," said Bell. "Gonzaga, BYU, Utah and Utah State have been out to practice."

As far as the distance from Salt Lake to Louisville, that doesn't appear to be much of a negative should the Cardinals offer a scholarship.

"The coaching will be an important [factor]," Bell told TheInsiders last month. "It's not real important that it's close to home, but it'd be nice to stay somewhat close. Also, how the team has done in the past. Playing time is kind of important -- I'd like to play."

And he's certainly interested enough in the U of L program, stating that he'd like to take a visit to Louisville and Kansas, and perhaps Pepperdine.

Bell, currently one of the top scorers in the state of Utah, is having a nice season and averaging about 20 points per game.


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