Greg Monroe remains "wide open"

The Louisville basketball program is eyeing a top-ranked 2008 recruiting class. The Cardinals already have two Top 75 commitments from 7-foot Jeff Withey and 6'5" Melquan Bolding. Last week, Rick Pitino traveled to see 6'9" Greg Monroe, one of the nation's elite prospects.

The Louisville basketball program is eyeing a top-ranked 2008 recruiting class. The Cardinals already have two Top 75 commitments from 7-foot Jeff Withey and 6'5" Melquan Bolding. Last week, Rick Pitino traveled to see 6'9" Greg Monroe, one of the nation's elite prospects.

Monroe, of course, is the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation. He would be a huge addition for the Cardinals – or any other program. Now that his season has ended, the 220 pound star is gearing up for an important spring on the AAU circuit where he hopes to cement his place atop the 2008 rankings.

Monroe's plan for the coming months appear clear – he'll focus his attention on the court and leave the recruiting stuff for a later date.

"I don't think he's going to make any visits this spring," Monroe's high school coach, Tyrone Mouzon said. "He told me he wants to wait until after the AAU season to narrow his list down to five schools. Then he'll take some visits next fall.

"He did well this season, unfortunately we got upset in the second round of the playoffs," Mouzon said. "He averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and two assists."


Monroe is the No. 1 prospect
in the nation.

Monroe is no stranger to big time recruiting. He's got a long list of college basketball's biggest heavy-weights in pursuit, including Duke, Louisville, Kansas, USC, LSU, Kentucky and Connecticut, among others. Besides Pitino, USC's Tim Floyd, LSU's John Brady, UConn's Jim Calhoun, Kansas' Bill Self and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski have all traveled to New Orleans to see Monroe this season.

That's why he took Pitino's appearance last week for a second round playoff in stride. "He's seen everybody and he's low key about those things," said Mouzon. "He's only 16 so he probably notices those things, but doesn't show his emotions outwardly."

Mouzon said Monroe would narrow his list down to five schools later this summer then make a decision next fall. He wouldn't speculate whether Louisville would receive one of his five official visits. "He's still wide open. I spoke with Coach Menzies last week before Coach Pitino came down," Mouzon said. "I didn't speak with Coach Pitino, but he came down here once before the season."


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