Louisville playing catch up with Osby?

Marvin Menzies has been a busy guy this week. Wednesday, the Louisville assistant traveled to suburban New Orleans to watch the nation's top-ranked player – 6-9 Greg Monroe. Thursday, Menzies made the short trip to Meridian, Mississippi to see 6-8 Romero Osby, Scout.com's No. 2 rated small forward.

Marvin Menzies has been a busy guy this week. Wednesday, the Louisville assistant traveled to suburban New Orleans to watch the nation's top-ranked player – 6-9 Greg Monroe. Thursday, Menzies made the short trip to Meridian, Mississippi to see 6-8 Romero Osby, Scout.com's No. 2 rated small forward.

Osby, a 225-pound forward who averaged 24 points per game as a junior, has burst onto the national scene with his outstanding play this spring. Each year, there are a few fast risers up the national charts this time of year. Osby is a good example in the Class of 2008.

"Right now Romero's is still pretty open," Northeastern Lauderdale coach Lewis Lightsey said. "Kansas has been in several times during the year as have Mississippi State and Alabama. He's still looking for the right fit. He's still in the process of sorting things out."

Kentucky and North Carolina also sent assistants to Northeastern Lauderdale last week to see Osby. Kansas, Mississippi State and Alabama have also been in during the evaluation period. Florida is scheduled for next week.


Romero Osby

"Kentucky could be a possibility now with Coach Gillespie there. He recruited Romero pretty hard while he was at Texas A&M," Lightsey said. "He might do some elite camps this summer, possibly Kentucky and Florida. It depends on the dates."

Kansas also figures to be a factor in Osby's recruitment.

"They've been here the most and they have a good rapport with Romero and our coaches," Lightsey said. "I can't say they are the leader, but they're right up there at the top."

Osby's most recent visitors – Louisville and Connecticut – are relative newcomers to the talented forwards recruitment. Louisville did attend one of Osby's high school games last season, but didn't turn up the heat on Osby until seeing him earlier this month in Arkansas at the Real Deal on the Hill. UConn assistant Patrick Sellers represented the Huskies Thursday.

"Louisville saw him early in the year, but they've really just lately jumped into the mix," Lightsey said. "It might be a little too late, but I don't really think it is. He's going to narrow his recruitment down this summer, take his visits in the fall and then sign during the early period."

Romero will play at JamFest in Pittsburgh this weekend. Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com for event coverage.


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