Louisville on four-star forward's short list

BLOOMINGTON, IN - Christian Watford, Scout.com's No. 6-rated small forward prospect in the Class of 2009, told InsideTheVille.com at the adidas May Classic that Louisville is on his short list of favorites. Why does the 6-foot-8 four-star forward like Louisville? Will he visit the Cardinals soon? We've got the scoop.

Christian Watford, Scout.com's No. 6-rated small forward prospect in the Class of 2009, told InsideTheVille.com at the adidas May Classic that Louisville is on his short list of favorites.

On Saturday, Watford showed why he's regarded as one of the elite forwards in the country, delivering 26 points and nine rebounds in an early afternoon contest at Assembly Hall. Watford scored on an assortment of midrange jump shots and offensive putbacks around the rim and showed he's capable of being a versatile offensive weapon.

"I felt like I played alright," Watford said following the game. "I'm just working on my versatility, playing inside and out. I don't want to be one dimensional. I want to be able to (exploit) mismatches."


Watford plans to visit Louisville after the
adidas May Classic.

Off the court, Watford said he's focused his recruitment on a handful of big-time programs, including Louisville.

"Indiana is one of my favorite schools, Memphis, Alabama, Louisville, Kentucky and Missouri – that's about it," Watford said. "I'm wide open." Watford said Indiana, Memphis, Alabama and Kentucky are coming after him the hardest right now.

Watford plans to make some official visits in the fall and sign during the early period. A few important factors will help him make his decision.

"I'm going to make my decision in November," Watford said. "I want to go to a program that develops their players and has good tradition. Academics will be a big part of my (decision). Just (good) coaching, that's the main thing."

Watford said he plans to visit Louisville after the adidas May Classic wraps up in Indiana on Sunday. "I was supposed to visit them before I came down here but (Coach) Pitino had a wedding to go to – Richard (Pitino) was getting married," said Watford. "I think we're going to stop at Kentucky on the way out and stop at Louisville, too."

Why does Watford have Louisville high on his short list of favorites right now?

"I like their tradition. They're a basketball school and they develop their players. Coach Pitino does a good job of getting his players to the next level and eventually that's where I want to be at," Watford said.


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