Two team race for Olek Czyz

Olek Czyz is down to two heavy-weight programs – Louisville and Duke. Scout.com's No. 88 ranked prospect visited the Blue Devils last weekend and is slated to see Rick Pitino's Cardinals this weekend. After his visit to Louisville, Czyz will make his college decision.

Olek Czyz is down to two heavy-weight programs – Louisville and Duke. Scout.com's No. 88 ranked prospect visited the Blue Devils last weekend and is slated to see Rick Pitino's Cardinals this weekend. After his visit to Louisville, Czyz plans to make his decision.

"He's going to be going to (Louisville) with his family this weekend," said Reno High coach Kyle Schellin. "It's down to Duke and Louisville."

Before heading back to his native Poland last month, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Czyz had narrowed his list to three schools – Duke, Florida and Louisville. But the Gators pulled out after they received a commitment from 6-8 Allan Cheney of New London, CT.

Czyz had originally planned to visit Louisville Oct. 15, but apparently decided to move up his visit to the Cardinals after Florida dropped out of the race. With the Duke visit now behind him, Louisville, who hosts Syracuse in football this Saturday, will be Czyz' final official visit before he announces his college decision.

Now, the Blue Devils and Cardinals are the only programs left standing for Czyz, who made an unofficial visit to Louisville in July.


Czyz will make his decision shortly
after visiting U of L this weekend.
"I think that after this last weekend visiting Duke he got an idea what their program was all about and he went to Louisville earlier summer for an unofficial visit and will go out there this weekend for his official visit and probably in the next week or two will make his final decision," Schellin said.

Czyz likes what Louisville and Rick Pitino can offer.

"The main thing is of course Rick Pitino and his development," Czyz told Scout.com late last month. "I've been told by coaches that I have a lot to improve still and in a couple of years I could be a really good player. I think he could help me develop the most. It's a great league and they're losing 6 guys next year. Louisville is a great program. I love the coach and the facilities that are coming up are going to be great. I really like Louisville."

A native of Poland, Czyz earned a national reputation for himself with his play last spring. An extremely athletic forward, Czyz possesses a 40 inch vertical leap and averaged 19 points and 8 rebounds per game as a junior at Reno High, the same school that Louisville senior center David Padgett attended.

"Czyz turned the spotlight on himself with a strong spring," said Dave Telep, Scout.com National Recruiting Director. "His summer was up and down but still strong enough to have the big dogs of college basketball barking at his door once the smoke cleared (in) July."

Czyz would become Louisville's third commitment in the Class of 2008, joining Samardo Samuels, Scout.com's second-ranked player nationally, and three-star guard Melquan Bolding.


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