Louisville eyes nation's top prospect

Louisville assistant Marvin Menzies traveled to Harvey, Louisiana Wednesday to check in with the nation's No.1-ranked prospect – Helen Cox power forward Greg Monroe. Menzies, a veteran recruiter, wasn't alone. Who else popped in to see Monroe? Are the Cardinals in the running for the nation's top prospect?

Louisville assistant Marvin Menzies traveled to Harvey, Louisiana Wednesday to check in with the nation's No.1-ranked prospect – Helen Cox power forward Greg Monroe. Menzies, a veteran recruiter, wasn't alone.

Kentucky coach Billy Gillespie and Texas coach Rick Barnes also made the trip to see the 6-9, 220-pound Monroe yesterday.

Monroe has kept a steady influx of coaches coming into his suburban New Orleans school in recent weeks. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was in two weeks ago. Florida, the two-time defending national champions, sent an assistant last week, and USC coach Tim Floyd popped in last Friday. Georgetown coach John Thompson III is supposed to make a stop in next Wednesday.

According to Monroe's high school coach, the star forward isn't in a rush to judgement with his recruitment. "He'll narrow his list down to five after the AAU season, probably sometime in August and then he'll make five official visits next fall before making his decision," said Tyrone Mouzon.

It's presumed in recruiting circles that LSU, Duke and USC are the teams to beat for Monroe's ultimate services.

"I wouldn't say that's the case," Mouzon said.

As for Louisville, Mouzon said the Cardinals have as good a chance to land Monroe as any other school.

"I think they are in the running as much as anyone else," he said.

Monroe will showcase his skills this weekend in Houston, Texas at the Kingwood Classic.


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