California junior big man visits Louisville

Rick Pitino already has one 2008 commitment from a California big man – 7-0 San Diego junior Jeff Withey. Is the Louisville coach looking to add another west coast giant to the Cardinals roster?

Rick Pitino already has one 2008 commitment from a California big man – 7-0 San Diego junior Jeff Withey. Is the Louisville coach looking to add another west coast giant to the Cardinals roster?

6-10 Edgar Garibay, a junior from Compton (CA) High School, made an unofficial visit to Louisville last weekend. Garibay, a three-star prospect, watched the Cardinals play in the NABC Classic.

"He liked Louisville a lot," Compton coach Tony Thompson said Tuesday. "He really enjoyed it. He's been talking with their coaches a lot." Thompson, it should be pointed out, is a former coach and friend of Louisville great Ellis Myles.

Garibay is a skilled big man with three-point shooting range. He's averaging a double-double this season for Compton and according to Thompson, has plenty going for him on the basketball court. "He can step out and shoot the three. He's skilled," said Thompson. "He'll block shots and rebound, but his strength is that he can really shoot the three. He's a four who can trail the break and shoot the ball."

Louisville, California, UNLV, Washington State and UCLA are involved with Garibay, and Thompson says those five schools have extended offers. And while Garibay has plenty of suitors, Thompson said his player is in no rush to make a college decision. "He wants to take his official visits," said Thompson. "He's not is a rush to decide anything right now."

Garibay, who has not made any other visits, hold a 3.0 G.P.A. Garibay is rated the #2 center in the west by Scout.com.


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