Top sophomores visit Louisville

Though the Louisville Cardinals dropped their third straight game Saturday night against Connecticut, Rick Pitino's Cardinals received unofficial visits from two of the nation's top sophomore basketball prospects.

Two of the nation's top sophomores made unofficial visits Saturday night for Louisville's nationally-televised basketball game against Connecticut at Freedom Hall.

6-6 small forward Martez Walker from Birmingham, Alabama and 6-1 point guard Verdell Jones of Champaigne, Illinois, watched as the Cardinals fell to the Huskies 67-55.

Walker has already given Louisville a verbal commitment. He led his team to a victory Saturday morning in Chattanooga, Tennessee, scoring 17 points despite being double-teamed, before driving to Louisville for the game with his mother and father, and younger brother Marcus.

"The game was great and the crowd was really into it," said Walker. "We had a great time even though they lost the game."

Verdell Jones

Jones has drawn favorable comparisons to former Illinois star and current Los Angeles Clipper Shuan Livingston. He made the trip to Louisville with his father, Verdell Jones, Sr., who coached Livingston in AAU with the Fort Sooy No Limit program.

"My grandfather lives here in Louisville so my dad and I came down for the game," Jones said. "The atmosphere and the crowd were great. I'd love to play at a place like Louisville."

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