Kelly hopes Pitino, U of L will turn up the heat

Bloomington, In. - Curtis Kelly, a teammate of Louisville commit Edgar Sosa, is one of the top high school basketball prospects in the nation. He's already got offers from several big-time ACC and Big East programs, and told Inside The Ville last weekend that he'd be receptive if the Cardinals turned up the heat on his recruitment.

Curtis Kelly couldn't be happier for his friend and Rice High teammate, Edgar Sosa.

The 6-foot-9 forward, rated the No. 16 prospect nationally in's current Class of 2006 rankings, understands that Sosa's opportunity to play for Rick Pitino at Louisville is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You see – Kelly knows how good and how hard Sosa works on his game, and he realizes Pitino can translate that work ethic and talent into so much more.

"He's a great player," Kelly said of Sosa, who verbally committed to Louisville last week. "He's my right hand man. We've been playing (together) since we were 12 years old. We know each others game and how each other plays. We know everything about each other."

Kelly also says Sosa has earned what he's now receiving, namely a higher national ranking – Sosa moved up 15 spots to No. 33 in's Top 100 rankings last week – and the opportunity to play for a Final Four program in the Big East.

Kelly already has offers from
several big-time programs.

"It's big, he deserves it," Kelly said of Sosa's success. "He works hard. He's going to get playing time (at U of L) because all he has to do is work hard and he's going to do that. So he's going to be fine there. Rick is going to take care of him and he's going to get him to the league."

Kelly, who averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 4 assists as a junior in 2004-05, already has scholarship offers from Syracuse, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Georgia Tech, and St. John's. He'd also like North Carolina and Texas to step up their recruitment.

"I'm waiting for North Carolina and Texas to come by, they should be calling soon," said Kelly.

And while Pitino and staff haven't recruited him nearly as hard as they have Sosa, Kelly wouldn't mind if the Cardinals' showed more love for him on the recruiting trail this summer.

"They are recruiting me a little bit, but not as much as Edgar," said Kelly. "I'm like on stand by."

So he'd be interested if Louisville turned up the heat?

"Yeah, if Rick came calling, I'd definitely be interested," Kelly said. "It's Rick Pitino, of course I'd listen."

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