Cards move towards the top of Crater's list

Anthony Crater, the No. 2 point guard nationally in the Class of 2008, left Louisville Friday afternoon after making an unofficial visit. The visit appears to have been a success and the Cardinals find themselves firmly in the mix for Michigan's top-ranked junior. InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Anthony Crater, the No. 2 point guard in the Class of 2008, finished making an unofficial visit to Louisville Friday afternoon.

According to Carlos Fordham, Crater's high school coach, the visit to Louisville went extremely well.

"He told me today after they left Louisville that the visit went great," Fordham said. "He was really impressed with the player's dorms and with Freedom Hall."

Crater accompanied friend and AAU teammate Darquavis Tucker to Louisville this week. The two toured the U of L campus, hung out with the Louisville coaches and players, and played some pick up basketball at Cardinal Arena.

"He knows he can play down there," Fordham said. "He really enjoyed playing down there and Darquavis Tucker is one of his best friends, which is a plus."

According to Fordham, Crater's looking for a situation – and a school – that won't be recruiting a point guard to come into their program this year. That could bode well for Louisville, who appears to be targeting the 6'5 Tucker, an athletic wing prospect, and 6'8 power forward Herb Pope.

"Coach Pitino told Anthony that he wouldn't recruit another point guard during his four years if he came to Louisville," Fordham said.

So where does Louisville stand heading into the all important July evaluation period?

"You've got to put Louisville in his top five," said Fordham.

Fordham listed Duke, Ohio State, Louisville, Illinois and Florida as Crater's current five favorites. Fordham said the 6'1, 165-pound rising junior has offers from almost everyone of those programs. "He hasn't gotten an offer from Duke yet, but he's planning to make an unofficial there at the beginning of August," Fordham said.

Having already make visits to Ohio State and Louisville, Crater, along with Tucker, headed for yet another unofficial visit Friday afternoon to Cincinnati before making the trip home to Michigan later this weekend.

"He wants to get it out of the way and make a decision sometime this fall, or at the latest next winter," Fordham said. "That's why he making these visits this spring to see for himself what his options are."

Crater will participate in the Lloyds of London ABCD Camp in Teaneck, New Jersey next week.


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