Chad Millard a recruiting priority for Louisville

Every spring, a few players make rapid acsensions upward in the national rankings during AAU action. Expect 6'9 Chad Millard of Trinity High School in Manchester, NH to be one of those guys.

Chad Millard of Trinity High School in Manchester, NH is a sharp shooting small forward with all kinds of skills.

He's also one of University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino's top recruiting targets this spring.

Following a disappointing state semifinal loss to Salem (NH), Millard has now turned his focus to an all important AAU campaign where he'll play with Eric Vaughn's Blessed IJN outfit based out of Northwestern Indiana.

So how does a kid from New Hampshire end up playing AAU ball with a team from the Hoosier state?

"We try to get the best players in the country," Blessed IJN head coach Eric Vaughn said. "We're excited he's playing with us this summer."

Vaughn, no stranger to U of L or the city of Louisville, also coaches two other Cardinal prospects in 6'5 Marques Johnson and 6'9 Carl Swanagan. If you'll recall, Vaughn accompanied Johnson, one of the nation's top sophomores, on his unofficial visit to U of L last season.

As for Millard, Vaughn predicts huge things for the Granite State native this summer.

"He's a top ten player," Vaughn said. "He's really going to bust on the scene this spring. He can really shoot it, is a good athlete and is skilled."

Millard has made no secret of his interest in Louisville and his game, according to Vaughn, is reminicisant of a current Cardinal standout.

"He likes Louisville a lot," Vaughn said. "They [U of L]need to continue to work hard on his recruitment. He plays a lot like Francisco Garcia."

If you're looking for a list, Kansas, Missouri and Louisville would probably be at the top. He's already unofficially visited Quin Snyder's program in Columbia, Missouri and he'll probably make the trip to see Bill Self's Jayhawk program this month.

"I think they are on him pretty hard," Vaughn said of Louisville.

Millard and Blessed IJN will play at the Las Vegas Easter Classic this weekend, follow that up with a stop at the Charlie Webber Invitational next week in the nation's capital, and then head to the Kingwood Classic in Houston, TX.

It'll be a busy month for the 6-foot-9 sharp shooter, and you can be sure this time next month Millard will be one of the more coveted prospects in the class of 2005.

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