Alston, Grinter look forward to joining UL program

<b>BENTON, KY</b> University of Louisville football commits Maurice Grinter and Lamar Alston are looking forward to signing national letters of intent to play for the Cardinals next season and are currently biding their time on the hardwood.

There aren't that many multiple sport athletes that can play both basketball and football in college, and over the years very few have even done it. Current Cardinal Joshua Tinch is the first Louisville player to do it in quite a few years.

Two Louisville football commits were in Benton, Kentucky over the weekend participating in the Marshall County Hoopfest. Maurice Grinter of Fairdale and Lamar Alston of Paducah Tilghman both played games in the Hoopfest.

Lamar Alston and his Paducah Tilghman squad were out matched by Bowling Green high school and lost by double-digits, and while he was upset that he lost Alston said basketball is just for his enjoyment.

"Basketball is just for fun, I'm really looking forward to football," Alston replied when asked if it was something he wanted to try out in college.

The projected defensive back in college, who committed to play for Coach Bobby Petrino at the end of October, said that he was overwhelmed with the coaching staff and can't wait for his career at U of L to begin.

"Hopefully if I don't get injured at all, I'll be able to play, not start but play right away," Alston said.

Alston said that he is a firm commitment to attend the University of Louisville next year, and that the biggest reason he decided to be a Cardinal was the coaches.

"Basically their coaches impressed me with the number of players they got in the NFL and how they are playing right now," Alston replied when asked why he chose the Cardinals over Kentucky and Florida.

Alston's future teammate at Louisville, Maurice Grinter, also took part in the Hoopfest and played very well. The Bulldogs of Fairdale don't have much talent surrounding Grinter, but he alone kept his team in the game against Webster Groves (MO)

Grinter used every bit of his 6-foot-3 frame to bang inside and muster up enough points to keep his team in the game. After being down by double-digits early Grinter led the Bulldogs on a comeback, but it was to no avail.

Fairdale fell to the Missouri high school team by a score of 53 to 48. Grinter had 17 points on 7- of-11 shooting and also snagged 5 rebounds. Although Grinter is getting a scholarship to play football at U of L, basketball isn't something that he is ready to give up yet.

"I plan to keep it up, sometime during the summer time I'll figure out what I'm going to do, but I plan on walking on. I haven't talked to Rick yet," Grinter replied when asked if he was going to play basketball at U of L next year.

Although Grinter played many positions in high school he's not quite sure what position he'll be playing when he arrives on campus.

"I wanted to play wide receiver but if that doesn't work out where ever they put me I'll be happy," proclaimed Grinter.

When asked why he chose to go to the University of Louisville, Grinter responded, "Because I feel that is somewhere that I can fit in."


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