Monroe considering Louisville

Nashville, TN -- Greg Monroe, the nation's top-rated prospect, is seriously considering Louisville as one of his college options. The 6-foot-10 star forward spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his recruitment in Nashville.

Greg Monroe had a subpar performance - at least compared to his lofty standard – at the Nike Memorial Day Classic in Nashville this weekend.

The nation's No. 1 prospect struggled in two of three pool play games, as his AAU team, Louisiana Select, failed to make the playoffs.

Monroe, an athletic and skilled 6-foot-10 forward, never really got into the flow in Nashville, though he did pour in 21 points and grab 11 rebounds Saturday morning in his team's only win during pool play. Despite his relative lack of production, Monroe still flashed his elite-level talent throughout the weekend.

"I played as hard as I could this weekend," Monroe said. "I think I played alright."

Off the court, Monroe's drawing serious attention from college basketball's top programs. Duke, LSU, Texas, Louisville, Kansas, Georgetown, Kentucky and Georgia Tech are all on the list. Though Duke is rumored the favorite, Monroe insists that's not the case.

"I'm wide open. I have no favorites," Monroe said. "I'm trying to narrow things down right now with my recruitment."

Monroe's game is a versatile one. Though he's one of the tallest prospects around, his skill set is reminiscent of Lamar Odom. It's not unusual to see him grab a board and lead the break or step outside and drain three's. In fact, that's where the 220-pound Monroe appears most comfortable – on the perimeter.

"I'm just looking for a school with a good coach who has a lot of experience helping get their players into the league," said Monroe.

Louisville is certainly in the mix. He says the Cardinals have made him one of their top recruiting priorities and seems to think that Rick Pitino's system would be a good fit for himself.

"They're definitely one of the schools I'm considering," he said. "They would probably be a good fit for me."

Monroe has a busy summer ahead. The Nike Camp and the Junior National Team Tryouts in Colorado Springs await as highlights. After that, he'll get down to business with his recruitment.

"At the end of the summer I'll narrow my list down to five schools and take my visits before I make my decision," said Monroe.


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