Papa Dia Set for Final Visit; Decision Soon

Papa Dia, a 6'9 power forward from South Kent (CT) Prep, will make his college decision after taking his final official visit to Louisville this weekend. Dia has narrowed his options down to three programs and has already visited the other two - Oklahoma and SMU. Who will Dia choose?

Earlier this week, Louisville added a verbal commitment from 7'0 junior Jeff Withey. This weekend, Rick Pitino's program will host 6'9 Papa Dia, a senior forward from South Kent (CT) Preparatory, on an official visit and could add another prospect to their commit list.

A three-star prospect by in the Class of 2007, Dia has narrowed his college choices down to three schools – Oklahoma, Louisville and SMU. Dia has already made official visits to Norman and Dallas, and will make his decision after taking his final official visit to U of L this weekend.

The Cardinals are the presumed leader for Dia's services and could wrap up a commitment from the 240-pound power forward during his official visit. "I think (Louisville) will wrap it up with him this weekend," said analyst Jeff Goodman.

If Dia picks Louisville, he would join George Goode, a 6'8, 210-pound forward from Raytown, Missouri, as the second prospect from the Class of 2007 to verbally commit to the Cardinals. Goode is rated the No. 73 prospect nationally by

The Cardinals appear to have three scholarships available for the 2007-08 season. Earlier this week, Pitino said his program could fill each of those available roster spots for next season.

"We'll probably sign two or three or four (this year)," Pitino said.

Stay tuned to for more on Papa Dia's official visit to Louisville and his upcoming college decision.

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