Cards look to wrap up blockbuster recruiting class

As the national shoe camps get under way this week, the University of Louisville hopes to wrap up a spectacular recruiting class while getting a head start on future recruiting efforts.

There probably won't be much drama during the national shoe camps this week for University of Louisville fans, but it should be an important week nonetheless.

With 6-foot-11 transfer David Padgett already on campus and five talented members of the class of 2005, Andre McGee, Clarence Holloway, Amir Johnson, Terrence Williams and Lamar Roberson verbally committed, U of L head coach Rick Pitino hits the road this week in an enviable position.

The future Hall of Fame coach already claims the No. 1 ranked recruiting class even before the all important camps in Indianapolis (Nike), Teaneck (Reebok) and Atlanta (Adidas) begin. And while coaches can't officially hit the road until July 8, Pitino and staff have most the difficult recruiting work behind them.

You can be sure Pitino will be looking to find a talented shooter to round out America's best recruiting class. At the top of the list appear to be 6-foot-6 Marcus Williams from Seattle, WA, 6-foot-5 Bryan Harvey of Los Angeles and 6-foot-5 Marcus Johnson of Los Angeles. Each are top 50 caliber prospects and have plenty of high major options to choose from.

Should Pitino desire to hedge his bet in the event one of the current commits runs into academic troubles down the road, likely candidates include 6-foot-7 Brandon Rush, 6-foot-9 Brayden Bell, 6-foot-10 Jonathan Huffman and 6-foot-8 Chad Millard.

Playing with a loaded hand, Louisville certainly appears in the drivers seat and will most likely be able to pick and choose who they want to round out the current recruiting class and seemingly have the luxury to wait on certain prospects should they choose to do so.

As an added bonus to landing the early commitments, the Cardinals coaches can spend considerable time in the gym this week evaluating underclass prospects and getting a leg up on the competition for future recruiting battles. And you can be sure 6-8 junior Kevin Durant, 6-foot-4 sophomore O.J. Mayo, and 6-foot-2 sophomore Nolan Smith will get some attention this week.

So as the summer recruiting season heats up this week, stay tuned to Inside The Ville for complete coverage from Nike, ABCD and adidas.

REEBOK ABCD - Mike Hughes and John Carey will provide coverage from Teaneck, NJ.

ADIDAS - Evan Daniels will provide coverage from Atlanta.

NIKE - *Keith Johnson and Evan Daniels will provide coverage from Indianapolis. (Tentative)


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