Next Stop Louisville

Eloy Vargas, a Scout.com four-star forward, is like many of the nation's top prospects this time of year and is keeping a hectic schedule. After participating in the NBA Camp and a team camp at Pittsburgh during the last few days, the 6'10 Vargas is currently making his way south for a visit with the Cardinals program.

University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and his staff are making a habit of hosting the nation's top high school prospects on visits as of late. This week Scout.com four-star forward Eloy Vargas will join the likes of Samardo Samuels, Olek Czyz and others that have visited U of L the past few weeks and will stop by Belknap Campus for a closer look at the school and basketball program.

After participating in the NBA Camp and a team camp at Pittsburgh during the last few days, the 6'10 Vargas, who, along with his team, checked out the Basketball Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Monday, will make an unofficial visit with Louisville later this week.

"He's visiting Louisville on Thursday," said Danny Herz, head coach of Vargas' American Heritage School and summer team. "They've been recruiting him for awhile and they've done a great job with him so far. Richard Pitino has a done a really good job recruiting him."

The 6-foot-10, 210-pound Vargas, whom Herz said "played really well" at the recent NBA Camp, will spend Thursday evening visiting Louisville and will then head to Bloomington, Indiana to participate in a team camp.

"He's a really skilled 6'10 guy," Herz said. "He'll end up a face up four, and he's just getting better."

When asked about his star player's strengths and weaknesses, Herz had quite a bit to say.

"He has plenty of positives. His overall skills for a guy his size is great, plus he can block shots, rebound, and believe or not, he can pass the ball really well. He's fairly quick and athletic and he has a good understanding of the game."

"As for his weaknesses. He's still growing into his body, but he's played such a tough schedule, both in high school and at AAU, that he realizes that he needs to keep getting strong for him to compete with the best. He added 16 pounds over the last year and he's grown to love the weight room."

Clemson, Miami, Ohio State and Pittsburgh are among the others that are high on Vargas' list.

"He wants to keep working and see how things go," Herz said of a potential decision timeline for Vargas. "I don't believe he would [commit] during a visit. I don't believe he'll make a decision this summer. He's playing really well right now, so I believe he wants to see how things go and then make the right decision."

Be sure to stay logged to InsideTheVille.com for more, including a follow-up interview with Vargas following his first ever trip to the Derby City.


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