Basketball Recruiting Notebook

The high school basketball season is in full swing and several Louisville prospects are putting together outstanding seasons. udpates the 2006-07 progress of Tyreke Evans, Melquan Bolding, Jeff Withey, and George Goode.

Jeff Withey, C, Horizon (Ca.):

Withey put on an impressive display at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Colombia, South Carolina, leading his team to the finals of the event. Withey, a 7-0 foot junior, scored a game-high 29 points in the finals against Charlotte Christian. Withey also added 10 boards and four blocks.

Withey was a difference-maker defensively during the Chick-Fil-A Classic, blocking or altering shots around the basket. He blocked eight shots in a 55-42 win over Ridge View, also posting 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, and also grabbed 11 boards. "

"Every time we tried to run something, we had to run it away from him," Ridge View coach John Combs told "There's no question he was the key for them defensively."

Jeff Withey

In the Chick-Fil-A opener, Withey out-shined 7-2 Jakub Kusmieruk, nearly posting a triple-double with 12 points, 14 rebounds and 9 blocks. All told, Withey blocked 21 shots in three games at the Chick-Fil-A Classic.

George Goode, F, Raytown (Mo.):

The 6-8 Louisville signee is off to a stellar senior season. Goode scored 23 points last week in a 74-50 win over Saint Thomas Aquinas.

"He glided in from the baseline for towering alley-oop jams, picked opponents pockets at half court to get open court slams, buried deep threes, scored on jumpers in the lane and altered a lot of shots despite being limited to just 21 or so minutes due to foul trouble,"'s Eric Bossi said.

Earlier this month, Goode established a new career-high with 31 points and 17 rebounds in an 84-68 win over Lee's Summit.

Tyreke Evans, SG, American Christian Academy (Pa.):

This is the guy Rick Pitino needs the most. The 6-4 Evans is one of the top prospects in the nation and the Cardinal coaches were in Florida last week at the City of the Palms Tournament to check out the #2 ranked junior in country. They weren't disappointed by what they saw from Evans, who earned All-Tournament honors.

Evans dropped in 38 points against Pace (Fla.), draining multiple three-pointers from deep range, and scored 27 in a blowout win over Fort Myers.

Villanova, UConn and USC also sent coaches to keep tabs on Evans in Fort Myers. North Carolina still appears the favorite in the Evans' sweepstakes, while Louisville, Villanova and UConn remain heavily in the mix with his recruitment.

Melquan Bolding

Here's an interesting nugget: One Denver Nuggets superfan has created a website to petition his favorite team to stockpile draft picks over the next few years so the Nuggets can eventually draft Evans.

Melquan Bolding, SG, Stepinac (NY):

The 2008 Louisville pledge posted 24 points and 13 rebounds last weekend in an 82-68 win over Blessed Sacrament.

Despite a slow start in a loss 69-58 loss to Mount St. Michael's last week, in which Bolding scored just 7 first half points, the athletic 6-4 guard/forward scored 18 straight second half points to lead a comeback against the defending city champs attempt before finishing with 31 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.

Earlier this month, Bolding posted 26 points and 12 rebounds in an 83-54 victory over Lincoln Hall. Bolding also scored 32 points, along with 10 boards against MClancy.

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