Louisville in the mix with Herb Pope

Louisville isn't after that many recruits in the 2007 class, but Herb Pope is definitely one of them. The 6-foot-9 power forward backed out of his Pittsburgh commitment earlier this year and is now getting a full court press from the Cardinals and a few other schools.

Louisville isn't after that many recruits in the 2007 class, but Herb Pope is definitely one of them. The 6-foot-9 power forward backed out of his Pittsburgh commitment earlier this year and is now getting a full court press from the Cardinals and a few other schools.

"I am out of it," Pope said about his original commitment to Pittsburgh. "But that is still my number one school."

Memphis and North Carolina State are just a few of the other schools also involved with the Aliquippa HS product. So who is showing the most interest right now?

"As much as anybody," J.O. Stright, Pope's AAU Coach, said of the Louisville Cardinals. "Of course Calipari in Memphis [is showing a lot of interest] as well."

Stright said that Pope made a rash decision when he committed to Pittsburgh, but now is really mature about the process and said Pope is giving all schools a shot.

"I think he's going to take a hard look over the summer and see what programs have and where he's going to fit in the best."

There's a reason college coaches like his game so much. Pope can bang in the post, rebounds the basketball very well but his also versatile enough to handle the ball some as well.

"He's agile for a big guy," Alquippa HS Coach, Marvin Emerson, said. "He's one of those big guys that can run and can handle the ball."

Pope is averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds per contest for Emerson's squad, not to mention he's led them to a 20 and 2 record.


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