adidas May Classic: Recruiting News

BLOOMINGTON, IN - There weren't many University of Louisville prospects this weekend at the adidas May Classic in Bloomington, Indiana, but we still managed to learn some interesting things about a trio of top sophomores from southern California, a pair of sophomore forwards from New York, NY, and updates on 6-9 juniors Curtis Kelly and Jamil Tucker.

There weren't many University of Louisville prospects this weekend at the adidas May Classic in Bloomington, Indiana, but we still managed to learn some interesting things.

Chief among them, that new Louisville assistant Marvin Menzies was highly regarded by a trio of AAU coaches for the Compton Magic, including David Grace from Phoenix, AZ, and Etop Udo-Ema, the Magic's founder and director. Menzies is considered one of the top recruiters in southern California, and based on the comments from the Magic's coaches it's easy to understand why.

"Marvin will do a great job at Louisville," Udo-Ema said Friday night. "He's well respected and regarded in California."

Making things even more interesting are the Magic's talented trio of sophomore prospects, including 6-foot-6 guard/forward Jamelle Horne, 6-foot-1 point guard Jesse Woodard from, and 6-foot-5 forward Jervaughn Johnson from Compton Centennial. Horne is likely the best prospect of the bunch, primarily because of his combination of size, athleticism, and skills.

"They're all talented players, among the best sophomore prospects in southern California," Grace said.

More Sophomores 6-foot-7 small forward Devin Ebanks from Bishop Loughlin in New York wasn't in Bloomington this weekend, but his father told us that his son was excited to receive a recent recruiting letter from the Louisville coaching staff.

"He received his first recruiting letter from one of the Louisville coaches," Ebanks said. "So he was very impressed by that."

Ebanks, who plays at Bishop Loughlin with talented 6-foot-8 center Christian Morris, is ranked the fifth-best prospect in New York's Class of 2007 by NYHoops.com. Morris, rated the No. 11 prospect by NYHoops.com, also received a recruiting letter from U of L, according to Ebanks' father.

6-9 Prospects Interested in Louisville A pair of 6-foot-9 forwards, New York's Curtis Kelly, and Indiana's Jamil Tucker, told Inside The Ville this weekend that they'd like to hear more from Louisville during the recruiting process.

Kelly had an impressive outing Saturday afternoon, taking over during the second-half of a pool-play game scoring 15 of his 19 points for the game. Kelly was also happy for his Rice High School teammate, Edgar Sosa, for his recent verbal commitment to play for Rick Pitino at Louisville. "I'd be interested to hear more from Louisville," Kelly told Evan Daniels.

Tucker, a versatile forward who plays with Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook, and Eric Gordon for the Spiece Indy Heat, listed Ohio State, Indiana, USC, and Purdue.

Tucker, though, indicated that other schools could still get involved in his recruitment. "I'm still open," he said.

Tucker said Louisville has shown some interest this spring and that he'd be interested to learn more about the Cardinals program.

Stay tuned for individual recruiting features on both Kelly and Tucker.

Other News Sources close to the Blessed IJN AAU program said that Georgetown could wind up with both 6-5 guard Marques Johnson from Fort Wayne (IN) Snider, and 6-9 forward Phil Jones from Philadelphia Lutheran. Taft High in Cincinnati will get stronger next season with the addition of 6-4 sharp shooter Adrion Graves from Hughes High. Graves will team with Queen City Prophets teammates Brandon Russ and Tyrone Bradshaw to form a talented trio at Taft.

Top Performers Daequan Cook, Spiece Indy Heat (2006), Mike Conley, Spiece Indy Heat (2006), Eric Gordon, Spiece Indy Heat (2007), Kyle Luckett, Blessed IJN (2005), Curtis Kelly, Team Roc (2006), Marques Johnson, Blessed IJN (2006), Adrion Graves, Queen City Prophets (2006), Derrick Williams, Team Roc (2006), Joevan Catron, Mean Streets (2006), Javaris Crittendon, Atlanta Celtics (2006), S. Hillman, Atlanta Celtics (2007)

Top Sleeper 6-foot-6 guard/forward DeAndre Liggins (Illinois Fire) from Chicago Washington. Liggins, extremely long and athletic, played well on the wing for the Fire. Showed range on the jump shot beyond the three-point line and finished around the basket using athletic ability. Even stepped out top and ran the point a time or two.


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