Senior guard from Memphis visits Louisville

6'0 senior shooting guard Courtney Pigram of Memphis White Station High School parlayed a strong performance at the Kingwood Classic into a visit and a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville.

Certainly not a high profile name in recruiting circles, but 6'1 shooting guard Courtney Pigram's stock appears on the rise.

A First Team Class AAA All-State selection in Tennessee, Pigram averaged 19.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.2 steals as a senior in leading Memphis White Station High School to a 39-2 record, the Class AAA state championship and a No. 11 national ranking in USA Today's Super 25.

"His high school team has won the past three state championships," said Pigram's AAU coach Keith Easterwood. "He's a 6'1 shooting guard that can flat fill it up, score it and shoot it exceptionally well. And he's a leader on the court."

"I think he could play some point guard," Easterwood continued. "But they [college coaches] like his ability to score the ball. Lousiville's style of play would fit him well. He's a prolific scorer."

A finalist for Mr. Basketball honors in Tennessee this season, Pigram is a deadly outside shooter, knocking in 43 percent from behind the arch last season.

Recently, Pigram was simply outstanding at the Kingwood Classic in Houston, Texas, leading Memphis YOMCA to the semi-finals of the spring's top AAU tournament. Apparently, Pigram caught the eye of the Louisville coaches during a game against U of L recruit Jamal Boykin's Belmont Shore squad.

In Houston, Pigram scored 17 vs. Blessed IJN, 21 vs. Belmont Shore, 16 vs. Illinois Fire, 17 vs. Mean Streets and drilled four three pointers in the semi-final loss to Greg Oden and Spiece Indy Heat.

"Speaking of Memphis, they've got a senior guard named Courtney Pigrim who is a 3-point ace," TheInsidersHoops.com's Dave Telep said after watching Pigram at Kingwood.

Pigram, who has not yet qualified academically, will take the ACT again in June. If he gets an acceptable score, Easterwood was certain where his player will attend.

"If he gets his ACT score, he's going to Louisville," Easterwood said, noting that Louisville offered a scholarship. "Memphis is hoping he'll attend prep school next season and then play for them the following season."

"Courtney told me 'If I get that test score I want to go up there and play'," Easterwood said. "Louisville is just too good of an opportunity for him to pass up a chance like that."

Several mid-majors, including Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee had been recruiting him before his play at Kingwood opened eyes, "But he knew he's a better player than that," Easterwood said.


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