Millard, Amir Johnson visit UL over weekend

University of Louisville basketball signees Chad Millard and Amir Johnson were both in town over the weekend to take in the Cardinals game against rival Kentucky. Millard provides insight into the visit.

Chad Millard and Amir Johnson, two of the University of Louisville's seven 2004 basketball signees, made trips to Louisville over the weekend to take in U of L's 60-58 heartbreaking loss to Kentucky.

"It was a real good visit, I had a great time," Millard, who was making his official visit, said. "I got to go to the game, watch practice and got a chance to see how the team prepares for a game."

"It's amazing hom much work they do to prepare for a game," Millard explained. "They had a walk through, the scouting report was amazing and they even watched video of Kentucky right before the game. It was really impressive."

Millard enjoyed his first experience inside Freedom Hall, even though his future teammates lost a close one as time expired.

"It was a great game," said Millard. "It's tough to lose one like that if you're a Cardinal. But the atmosphere and the fans were great."

Millard, who spent considerable time with the 6-9 Johnson over the weekend, said his future teammate also had a great time. "We were together all weekend," Millard said. "He said his foot is doing better and might be able to play later this week. But he's going to get a second opinion before he starts playing again. He really liked his visit alot, too."

Millard said he spend Saturday night hanging out with two of the Cardinals leaders, Francisco Garcia and Taquan Dean, and learned quite a lot from U of L's talented duo. "We talked about what to work on before I get here next year," said Millard. "They game me some great advice. They told me to work as hard as you can before I get there to prepare myself for practice and everything."

Millard will return to Louisville with his Brewster Academy team to play fellow U of L signee Jonathan Huffman and Central Park Christian in the Louisville Roundball Classic January 8 at Louisville Gardens. It should be quite a show as Millard, a sharp-shooting forward, is starting to heat up.

"I started the season slow," Millard said. "I'm a feel type player and I was still trying to get a feel for my teammates. Right now, I'm feeling pretty good and playing better. I'm rebounding and defending better and my shot is starting to come together."

"I can't wait to come back down there and play against Jon," Millard continued. "I'll probably give him a call this week and see how he's doing."

Millard said that 6-3 O.J. Mayo was unable to attend the UL-UK over the weekend. Mayo indicated earlier last week that he might make an unofficial visit to U of L over the weekend.

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