Eloy Vargas visits Louisville

Eloy Vargas arrived in Louisville Thursday afternoon. The 6-foot-10 Louisville recruit, along with his high school team, practiced for two hours at Bellarmine University before heading to the U of L campus to hang out with Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals. InsideTheVille.com has the exclusive...

Eloy Vargas arrived in Louisville Thursday afternoon. The 6-foot-10 Louisville recruit, along with his high school team, practiced for two hours at Bellarmine University before heading to the U of L campus to hang out with Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals.

Vargas, who is making an unofficial visit to Louisville Thursday night, will watch the NBA Draft with Pitino and the Cardinals, according to American Heritage coach Danny Herz.

Vargas has been busy this week making unofficial visits. The four-star forward flew into Pittsburgh where he participated in the Panthers team camp earlier this week. The tour also included a stop in Canton, OH at the Basketball Hall of Fame and an unofficial visit to Ohio State.

Now, though, Louisville gets a turn to impress the rapidly ascending Vargas.

"I want to (visit) Louisville and see what they can do for me and how good they are," Vargas said. "Louisville likes me a lot because of how I play close to the basket and I can shoot. And they like Dominican guys like me, too - they've got Edgar Sosa."

Pitino has enjoyed tremendous success with Dominican players like Vargas at Louisville. Francisco Garcia, who now plays in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings, and Sosa, an All-Big East freshman last season, have thrived under Pitino's guidance.


Florida might become a serious player
for Eloy Vargas.

Will Pitino's success with Dominican players factor into Vargas' decision?

"Yeah, I think so," Vargas said. "He's one of the best coaches in college right now. He can make me better player."

Pittsburgh also appears to be a strong contender for Vargas' services.

"They're recruiting me hard," Vargas said. "They have a pretty good team and coach, too. I like (Jamie Dixon). I've got them on my mind, but I'm going to see what happens on my other visits."

Vargas will trip to Indiana for a weekend camp before heading back to Florida for a few days before heading to Philadelphia, PA for the Reebok U Camp.

"I'm going to Indiana (Friday) for their elite camp," Vargas said. "And I came from Ohio State yesterday. It was pretty good. They've got a nice school and gym – everything."

Vargas has moved up recruiting ranking with strong play this spring. He's long, has good skills and is a gifted passer for his size. That's why schools like Florida and North Carolina will probably be keeping a close eye on him in July. In fact, Florida is currently laying the groundwork to get involved in the Vargas' recruitment next month. Don't be shocked if the Gators become a serious factor in Vargas' recruitment in the near future.

"I'm playing good," Vargas said. "I've been working hard with my coach and I've gotten a lot better since last year. I did good in the NBA Camp, too. Me and Kenny Boynton played together this summer on the AAU team and playing with him has helped me improve."

Vargas said he has no timeframe for a college decision.


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