Kuric plans to visit Louisville soon

Evansville's Kyle Kuric has enjoyed a breakout summer. A priority recruit for several elite mid-major programs heading into the summer, Kuric now finds himself receiving serious interest from some of college basketball's heavy-weight programs, including Louisville and Duke.

Evansville's Kyle Kuric has enjoyed a breakout summer. A priority recruit for several elite mid-major programs heading into the summer, Kuric now finds himself receiving serious interest from some of college basketball's heavy-weight programs, including Louisville and Duke.

Recently, Kuric, who averaged 22 points as junior for Reitz, added new offers from Michigan, Ole Miss and St. Louis. Kuric also holds offers from Southern Illinois, Bradley and Central Michigan.

What caught Rick Pitino and Mike Krzyzewski's eye this summer? At 6-foot-5, Kuric is an excellent athlete with outstanding range on his jump shot. Both coaches were visible with Kuric late last month, tracking the sharp-shooting guard in Las Vegas.

"I think out in Vegas, I know Louisville was there for two of my games, other than that I'm not real sure," Kuric said. "They started getting involved a couple of weeks, maybe a month before Coach McCarty joined the coaching staff. It's been amazing having those coaches watch my games. I'm real excited about it. It's awesome."

McCarty, also a native of Evansville, has been recruiting Kuric for the Cardinals since joining the Louisville staff earlier this summer after Marvin Menzies took over at New Mexico State. He's developed a solid relationship with the 185-pound guard this summer.

"I talk with Louisville maybe once a week, twice a week," Kuric said. "Most of the time I talk to Coach McCarty, but sometimes I talk with Coach Pitino."

August figures to be a busy month for Kuric. He's planning to make several visits, including one to Louisville later this month, and begin the process of narrowing down his list.

"I'm trying to set up some dates for visits to Louisville, Indiana, Michigan, St. Louis and Duke," Kuric said. "We've got dates that we would like to make them, but we don't have any dates right now with anybody. I'm going to make a visit to Louisville sometime between August 15-20 or maybe the 30th.

"I'm going to make a lot of visits in August and maybe some more in September. Then I'll narrow the schools down and make a decision hopefully before the season starts. I want to make the best decision that I can make."

Kuric, at least for now, remains open.

"I don't have any favorites yet," Kuric said. "Right now I'm considering all my options. As far as academics, I want to major in business, so I'm looking for a good business school. I'm looking for a good basketball program that's nationally recognized and I want to have a good relationship with the coach and players."

While several schools have already stepped up with offers, the big question is what Louisville and Duke will do. Apparently, neither Louisville nor Duke have made Kuric a firm scholarship offer. Scout.com national recruiting analyst Dave Telep reported last month that he'd heard "everything from offers to offers to prep a year" from the Cardinals and Blue Devils. What those programs do could have a big impact on Kuric's ultimate decision.

Here's what Kuric had to say about the situation with Louisville:

"Louisville, Coach Pitino said if I wanted to go to Louisville that I can," said Kuric. "I talked to coach McCarty (Thursday) and that's also what he told me that if I wanted to go there that I could. It's a good opportunity. Coach Pitino is a great coach and it's a great situation."

Kuric said the situation with Duke is "different" and he's not sure about the details.

Of note, Kuric's older sister, Katie, will attend Louisville this fall and play soccer for the Cardinals. The idea of joining her next year at Louisville intrigues Kuric.

"It's not something we ever thought that we would do, but if it happens it would be great for my family," Kuric said.


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