Kuric mulling Louisville opportunity

Evansville standout guard Kyle Kuric will hit the road next month in search of a school to play college basketball for next season. The 6-foot-5 Kuric has a few solid offers as he begins his journey, and he has an intriguing opportunity from Louisville that requires more investigation.

Evansville standout guard Kyle Kuric will hit the road next month in search of a school to play college basketball for next season. The 6-foot-5 Kuric has a few solid offers as he begins his journey, and he has an intriguing opportunity from Louisville that requires more investigation.

Kuric vaulted onto the radar screen of Louisville's Rick Pitino with his sharp-shooting, athletic play this summer. At this point, Louisville hasn't offered a scholarship, though Rick Pitino has put forward an "opportunity" for Kuric to join the Cardinals program.

On the other hand, Kuric holds firm scholarship offers from Michigan, St. Louis and Southern Illinois. There's no doubt about it: John Beilein, Rick Majerus and Chris Lowry want Kuric in their programs a year from now.

In a nutshell, that's Kuric's dilemma. Will he pursue the opportunity to eventually earn a scholarship at an established, elite-level school like Louisville or accept the guaranteed scholarship Michigan, St. Louis and Southern Illinois offer?

"I'm not real sure about it," Kuric admitted of Louisville's offer to walk-on and redshirt next season, then going on scholarship for the 2009-10 season. "I'm not sure. I'll have to talk to the coaches about it more, get a better feel for the (situation) and ask some questions. We've been talking about walking on and redshirting that first year and then getting a scholarship after that."

Kuric's visits are set. He'll visit Louisville September 6-8; Michigan Sept. 14-15; and St. Louis Sept. 28-29.

"Those are the only three scheduled right now," Kuric said. "I'm probably going to take my fourth (official) visit to Southern Illinois and I haven't decided about (taking) a fifth visit." Kuric said he's considering Indiana or Duke for his fifth visit. According to Kuric, Duke has offered a "prep year," in which he'd attend prep school next season before possibly joining the Blue Devils the following season.

Here's what Kuric said about what he liked about the three schools that he'll visit this fall who have already offered a scholarship:

Michigan: "Just Coach Beilien and what he did at West Virginia and what he's going to do at Michigan."

St. Louis: "Coach Majerus. He's a legendary coach. I've talked to him on the phone a couple times. They'ver offered a scholarship and playing time my freshman year on campus."

Southern Illinois: "They've won five or six straight Missouri Valley titles. Coach Lowery is a great coach, they win and he's really turned that program around."


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