Is Brandon Rush an option for Louisville?

<b>BASKETBALL RECRUITING</b> 6-7 <b>Brandon Rush</b> of Mount Zion (NC) Christian Academy recently achieved a qualifying SAT score. And while the NBA is an option, apparently the athletic forward is thinking more and more about college these days - He's even considering taking some campus visits. Is Louisville a viable option if Rush does pull a surprise and pick a college?

Since Brandon Rush stepped onto the recruiting scene, many college coaches have been reluctant to waste much time recruiting him.

The reason for that is quite simple. The past few years more and more of the high school elites are making the jump from preps to pros. Many thought Rush would follow suit.

Rush has openly talked about the NBA and his drive to get there sooner rather than later. While the NBA jump is still a likely possibility, Rush has begun to take a closer look at college, and has passing test scores to prove it.

"He just got back a passing SAT test score, and he's going to set up visits next week," Mount Zion Head Coach Tony Fozard said.

According to Fozard, Rush hasn't decided which schools will get visits or when.

The 6-foot-7 Rush is averaging right around 21 points a game. His head coach said he is being recruited by Florida State, Arkansas, Louisville, Oklahoma, and Indiana.

At Bob Gibbons' Tournament of Champions last spring, Rush claimed Louisville as an early leader in his recruitment. But according to Fozard, Louisville might have too much talent already assembled in the 2005 class.

"Louisville has a lot of kids they are bringing in. So I don't think Louisville is going to be too much of an available option," Fozard said. "Their recruiting class for '05 is tremendous. If you add more talent, then kids will want to transfer."

So if Rush does indeed test the NBA waters what is his draft status? "He still has a chance to go first round," Fozard continued. "I'm not going to say he's going to go early first round but he can be a top 25 pick in the first round."


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