Cards recruiting efforts shift to high gear

While many programs around the country will open the 2007-08 basketball with lots of fan-fare and Madness festivities Friday night, Rick Pitino plans a low-key practice session in Louisville. The Louisville coach is also hosting a key recruit this weekend, signaling that the Cardinals recruiting efforts have shifted into high gear.

While many programs around the country will open the 2007-08 basketball with lots of fan-fare and Madness festivities Friday night, Rick Pitino plans a low-key practice session in Louisville.

The Cardinals will practice Friday night in their newly opened practice facility, the YUM! Center, before getting on October 29 against Carleton (CAN.) University. The Cards will hold their first public scrimmage Oct. 22 at Freedom Hall.

"We're going to practice at 7 o'clock and then we're going to go double sessions on Saturday and Sunday," Pitino said earlier this week. "Even if we did have the place where madness would fit I would still not do it. We've got to get this team ready and we don't want anything that's going to distract us from those early season games."

Pitino is also about to make a big push toward the November signing period. Louisville already has verbal commitments from two prospects – 6'9 Samardo Samuels, the No. 2-ranked player nationally, and Melquan Bolding, a three-star guard from New York.


Terrence Jennings is making an official
visit to Louisville this weekend.
This weekend, Louisville is hosting Terrence Jennings, a 6'10, 230-pound center from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchberg, MA, on an official visit. Jennings recently backed out of a verbal commitment to Maryland and re-opened his recruitment. Jennings, a four-star recruit, is ranked the No. 3 post-graduate prospect in the nation by Scout.com.

The Cardinals are also in hot pursuit of Jared Swopshire, a 6'7 small forward from IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. Swopshire has narrowed his list of finalists to three schools, Clemson, Marquette and Louisville. Swopshire, originally from St. Louis, has already visited Clemson and is making an official visit to Marquette this weekend. Ranked the No. 89 prospect in the nation by Scout.com, Swopshire will make his final official visit to Louisville next weekend. He's expected to make a decision shortly after his visit to U of L.

Last but not least, Pitino is hoping for a signature next month from Tyreke Evans, Scout.com's No. 4-rated prospect in the nation. Evans' camp has stated that he'll visit Texas later this month and Memphis next month. He's already visited UConn, Villanova and Louisville. Reggie Evans told InsideTheVille.com late last month that the Cardinals are the front-runner for his brother's services, but Memphis also appears in strong position.

LOUISVILLE'S TOP 2008 PROSPECTS

  • Tyreke Evans, 6'4 SG, Scout.com's No. 4 rated prospect nationally;
  • Jared Swopshire, 6'7 SF, Scout.com Top 100 prospect;
  • Terrence Jennings, 6'9 C/PF, Scout.com No. 3 rated post-graduate prospect

    SCRIMMAGE INFO

    University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino will provide a preseason look at the 2007-08 Cardinals when his team plays a Red-White intrasquad scrimmage on Monday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in Freedom Hall.

    Tickets for the event are $5 for adults and free for U of L students and children under the age of 12. Tickets will go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15 at both U of L Ticket Offices, located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium or on the third floor of the Swain Student Activities Center. Both locations are open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    Cardinal fans may also purchase adult tickets only by visiting www.ticketmaster.com online, calling (502) 361-3100 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Service fees do apply with Ticketmaster orders. Child and U of L student tickets are available only through the U of L ticket office and at the site on the day of the event. For more information, contact the U of L ticket office at (502) 852-5151, 852-5863, or 1-800-633-7105.


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