U of L coach watches Kal Bay practice

University of Louisville assistant Kevin Willard travelled to Tempe, Arizona on Wednesday to watch 6-2, 170-pound point guard Kal Bay in action, and the talented junior lists the Cardinals high on his current list of favorites.

University of Louisville assistant Kevin Willard travelled to Tempe, AZ on Wednesday to watch junior point guard Kal Bay practice.

"Coach Willard came to watch practice and it went good today," Bay, who injured his wrist last week, said.

Bay, from Marcos De Niza High School, is averaging 21 points and 6.5 assists this season. He missed last night's game because of the injury and Wednesday's practice was his first since suffering the injury last week. He's expected to return to the lineup this Friday.

Besides Louisville, Bay is drawing interest from several big-time programs, including Georgia Tech and Iowa. Though he currently holds no scholarship offers, Bay believes Wichita State is close to making one.

"He talks about Louisville, Georgia Tech and Iowa the most," Marcos De Niza coach Dave Stark said. "I think he's wide open [in his recruitment]."

However, Bay said that the Cardinals and Yellow Jackets currently stand out above the rest. "They're in my top two," Bay said of Louisville and Georgia Tech. "They're both pretty even but Georgia Tech hasn't been out to see me this season, so I guess you could say Louisville is my number one team right now."

Willard's visit marked the second time coaches from Louisville have travelled west this season to watch Bay. "Louisville's coaches came out last September to watch him work out," Stark said. "I think they liked what they saw."

"I've always liked Rick Pitino and his team's style fo play," Bay said. "I like to push the ball and get up and down the court like [Louisville does]."

Bay said that Willard and Coach Pitino will be back to watch him play in February, and also noted that Georgia Tech coaches are also scheduled to see him next month. Bay, who made an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech in November, said of the Jackets, "I like their coaching staff and players. And I like the city [Atlanta]."

Having signed seven players from the class of 2005, Louisville figures to have just one or two scholarships available to the class of 2006. Sources close to the U of L program have recently indicated that the Cardinals would like to sign another point guard to compliment 5'10 Andre McGee from Moreno Valley, California, who signed a national letter of intent last November to play next season for the Cardinals.

"I played against him last year and he's a nice player," Bay said of McGee. "His team won the game by three and I think he had 27 points and six assists. I had 23 points and like eight assists."

Certainly Bay and McGee share some history. We'll find out in the coming months if they also have a future patrolling the backcourt together.

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