Pope looking at U of L; Visit upcoming

RICHMOND,VA -- Herb Pope is one of the top players in the class of 2007. The 6'8 forward is seriously considering Louisville and he's slated to visit the Cardinals in the next few days. Might Pope end his recruitment? Where do the Cardinals stand? InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Herb Pope is one of the most talented player's in the class of 2007 and he showed that at the NBA Player's Association Camp this week.

The 6-8, 220-pound PF/WF is so appealing to many college coaches because of his versatility. At his size he runs the floor very well, shoots the deep ball with success and doesn't have a problem taking defenders off the dribble. But what Pope is most proud of, is his defense.

"I make you earn every basket," Pope said. "There's not an easy basket and when someone scores on me I'm going to come back down and score on them and then I'm going to come down and lock them down and they're not going to score again."

As always for the top players in the country, Pope has been extremely busy this spring and summer. He's played in the Pitt Jam Fest, King James Classic, Nike Skills Academy and after NBPA Camp he'll head to the Nike All-American camp.

"I've been playing great summer basketball," he said. "I've been up against a top three player (Bill Walker) and even though the other top dude wasn't there we got at them when they came to my town. I got at him. I held him down and we beat them by 15."

During the open period coaches were a constant at Pope's games and the schools that have made a lasting impression on him are Louisville, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Illinois, UConn and Oklahoma.

The next step in the process for Pope is to start taking visits. And Louisville has put themselves in good enough position to get a visit just before the shoe camps begin.

"I plan on going down to the Louisville on the 27th and 28th for an unofficial. I need to go down and check it out because I like their system. I need to play in a system where you can play all the positions."

With the recruiting rules, recruits can't visit schools in July so it looks like Louisville will get the only visit until August. Another school that is rumored to be strong with Pope is Kansas State, but with their newest commitment the Wildcats might not be an option anymore.

"To be truthful we are both two stars trying to make it big so that would be very hard," Pope said about him and Beasley going to the same school.

However, Coach Bob Huggins has been after Pope for a long time and they've built a solid relationship.

"I like Huggins and I'm not going to rule him out," Pope said yesterday before the Beasley commitment. "It's not because my coach is best friends with him it's because I like Bob Huggins. He's been recruiting me just as long as Pittsburgh has been, since the 8th grade."

Pope made it clear that he doesn't want to make a decision until the end of the year or next spring. He said he would like to visit other schools and go on a few official visits. Until then he'll play at Nike Camp and in Las Vegas during the July open period.

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