While the 6-foot-8, 245-pound Andrew Fitzgerald still has six schools on his list, two programs – Oklahoma and Louisville – seem to have emerged as the leading candidates in the Baltimore, MD. native's recruitment. The Cardinals bounced the Sooners, 79-49, from the NCAA Tournament in March. So what stands out about Louisville and Oklahoma?
"They're coaching and style of play - that's it," Fitzgerald said. "I talk with Louisville every chance I get. I talk to the assistant coach (Richard Pitino) and Rick Pitino. (Richard) and I have developed a really good relationship. He's very cool."
While Louisville hasn't offered a scholarship, Fitzgerald believes the Cardinals will give him an offer when he makes an official visit. Fitzgerald doesn't have firm dates set with either Louisville or Oklahoma but said he plans to visit both schools next month.
"(I think) when I go on my visit they will (offer)," said Fitzgerald of Louisville's intentions.
Fitzgerald also said he's considering visits to Minnesota, Boston College, Marquette and Seton Hall. Fitzgerald plans to make a few visits in September but indicated he might not make a decision until after his high school basketball season.
"The school location – if it's in the city or isolated because I'd like an isolated area so I can get my work done and not have to worry about my education," Fitzgerald said when asked what factors will play into his decision. And what factors from a basketball standpoint will he consider to make his decision? "Playing time and if the school will help me get to the next level."