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Louisville one of Chad Millard's leaders

"I like Louisville alot. They're definitely one of my leaders." - <b>Chad Millard</b>

Chad Millard (Mill-erd) is a gym rat.

The 6'8 wing from Manchester, NH loves hoops and works religiously on honing his skills each and every day. He shoots anywhere from 700 to 1,000 jumpers daily and no doubt that work paid dividends last weekend at the Las Vegas Easter Classic where he averaged 18 points during the event. In fact, when we reached Millard by phone, he was in the gym, about one third finished with his shooting regimen.

"He's certainly a gym rat," Doug Millard, the players father said. "He's in the gym everyday working on his game. He just loves basketball."

"It only takes me about an hour [to finish shooting]," the younger Millard explained.

There's little question Millard is a high priority for University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. U of L assistant Kevin Willard attended one of Millard's games during the season and Pitino himself saw the talented forward in action twice last weekend in Vegas. The Cardinals' coach also called during the month of March and will visit with Millard at his high school later this month.

"I like Louisville alot," Millard said. "I like Coach Pitino's style and how his team's play. Louisville is definitely one of my leaders."

Kansas, N.C. State, and Missouri comprise the list and he's looking to make some visits this spring. And Louisville almost certainly will receive one of those very soon, likely next month.

"That's going to happen," the elder Millard said of a visit to Louisville. "Probably in May."

"Eric Vaughn, my AAU coach, is working to set that visit up right now," Millard added.

Millard, who will attend Brewster Academy next season, would prefer to end his recruitment in the next month or two.

"I'd like to get it done early so I can just concentrate on playing basketball and improving my skills," said Millard.

As for what he's looking for in a possible suitor, Millard said, "Just the atmosphere of the school and how well I fit in with the players already on the team, especially the younger guys. And, of course, the coaching staff."

An honor roll student, Millard and his AAU team, Blessed IJN, will be in action this weekend at the Charlie Weber Invitational in D.C. before heading to Texas for the Kingwood Classic the following weekend.

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