NOTEBOOK: Pitino hits recruiting trail

<b>RECRUITING NOTEBOOK</b> Taking advantage of time in between games this week, Louisville coach Rick Pitino decided to hit the recruiting trail to check out one of the nation's top junior prospects. We've also got updates on Louisville signees <b>Terrance Williams</b> and <b>Andre McGee</b> and 2008 commit <b>Martez Walker</b>.


Taking advantage of time in between games this week, Louisville coach Rick Pitino decided to hit the recruiting trail.

Pitino, who missed his weekly radio call-in show because of the recruiting trip, travelled north to New York City to catch Edgar Sosa and Rice High School play in the Archdiocesan of New York semifinals.

Edgar Sosa
Sosa, along with 6-9 teammate Curtis Kelly, scored 16 points last night to lead Rice to a 55-45 win over Farrell. A 6-2 junior, Sosa played last season behind current Kansas freshman guard Russell Robinson. However, he's enjoyed an outstanding junior season - his first full season running the point - and is considered one of the top points and fastest rising prospects in the class of 2006.

"His overall feel for the game, plus his accuracy from deep and improved passing ability rate him with the top dozen or so point guards in his class nationally," analyst Dave Telep said. "It's hard to believe this is really his first year full-time at his current position."

Sosa already has scholarship offers from, N.C. State, Seton Hall and Miami and is receiving strong interest from Louisville, UCONN and Georgia Tech.

"As far as college goes, I want to be away from home," Sosa told this week. "I've seen everything here in New York.'

Another interesting tidbit, Sosa's coach, Maurice Hicks, played college basketball at Loyola for Louisville Director of Basketball Operations Bill Burke.


Since falling to rival Seattle Prep and Washington-bound Martell Webster a week and half ago with Louisville assistant Vince Taylor looking on, Louisville signee Terrance Williams and Rainier Beach are on the verge of yet another trip to the Washington state playoffs.

At 19-5, Beach is ranked No. 1 heading into Saturday's district championship game against rival O'Dea. Williams, averaging 21.2 points this season, has been outstanding so far in district playoff action. He had 28 points and 14 rebounds in the quarterfinals and pitched in 11 more in the semi's.

Possessing amazing athleticism, Williams figures to make an immediate impact at Louisville next season, particularly on the defensive end of the floor.


Speaking of putting up big number, Louisville-bound point guard Andre McGee has done so all season.

To date, McGee is averaging 22.3 points, 3.7 assists and 3.7 steals per game. With 84 assists on the season, McGee has proven capable of making excellent decisions from the point, evidenced by just 30 turnovers. He's also made 83-221 three-point field goals for an impressive 38-percent.

McGee's season-high's include 38 points vs. Payson, 9 rebounds vs. Poly, 12 assists vs. King, and 9 steals vs. Los Osos.


Martez Walker
Sports Illustrated will feature Central Park Christian (AL) freshman guard/forward Martez Walker in its college basketball section in the February 28 issue.

Walker, 16, verbally committed to Louisville last week at the age of 15, becoming just the second member of the class of 2008 to announce his college commitment. Walker averages about 18 points per game this season.

Walker, who teams with 7-0 Louisville signee Jonathan Huffman for the Eagles, is believed to be the youngest player, both in terms of age and class, to verbally commit to play basketball for the Cardinals.

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