Louisville heavily in the mix with Marques Johnson

The University of Louisville remains in the thick of things for 6-foot-5 sophomore Marques Johnson, along with several other big name programs.

When 6-foot-5 sophomore Marques Johnson made an unofficial visit to the University of Louisville last season, the Fort Wayne (IN) standout saw the Cardinals dispatch the Florida Gators in convincing fashion.

At the time, Johnson told us that he enjoyed his trip to Louisville and considered Rick Pitino's program one of his favorites.

Since then, nothing's changed in that regard.

"Louisville is still right up there for Marques," said Blessed IJN head coach Eric Vaughn, who accompanied Johnson on that visit.

According to Vaughn, Michigan, Notre Dame, Arizona, Wake Forest and North Carolina, among others, comprise a working list.

With a busy AAU schedule that includes stops in Nevada, Texas, and Washington D.C. this month alone, it's going to be hard for Johnson to make any further unofficial visits to college campuses this spring, though he'll probably sneak one in to North Carolina while playing at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in late May.

"We've already been to Louisville but our schedule will make it tough for additional visits this spring," Vaughn said. "But we may visit North Carolina while we're at the Bob Gibbons next month. They're really interested in Marques."

Keep this in mind. Johnson plays on the same AAU squad as 6-foot-8 Chad Millard of Manchester, NH, who appears Louisville's number one small forward target in the class of 2005. Both were impressive over the weekend in Las Vegas and Millard is expected to visit the U of L campus in the near future. Don't be surprised if both cast their lot with Cardinals. It just might shape up that way when all is said and done.

In the meantime, there's no question Johnson will solidify his spot as one of the premier scorers in the country on the AAU circuit this summer.

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