Louisville makes move for Mike Moser

Rick Pitino may not be finished with his 2009 recruiting class. Last week, 6'8, 200-pound forward Mike Moser from Portland (OR) Grant de-committed from Arizona after Lute Olson's unexpected retirement. It didn't take long for the Cardinals to throw their hat into the ring for Scout.com's #60 prospect in the nation.

"(Louisville) has definitely been in contact," Kumbeno ‘Beno' Memory, Moser's AAU coach, told InsideTheVille.com. "They seem like they're pretty interested. They're supposed to be here next week to watch him work out at his high school and try to proceed from there. I'm not sure whether or not they want to get things done early or late. From Mike's perspective, we're looking at doing something late."

Memory said Louisville assistant Richard Pitino was quick to get in contact with Mike Moser after news broke of his decision to back away from a prior commitment with Arizona. Pitino will travel to Portland next week to check in on the 6-foot-8 forward.

"There's a possibility Mike could make an official visit to (Louisville) this fall," said Memory. "He's got to get it narrowed down to four schools and quite frankly it's been crazy here the past four or five days. He took a visit down to Arizona last weekend so he's got four official visits left. So it's a matter of narrowing it down. Right now it's UCLA, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Louisville. They're all trying to get seriously involved with him."

Louisville is the only non-PAC 10 school on Moser's current list. Is Moser interested in the possibility of playing for Louisville, one of the elite programs in the Big East?

Louisville is actively chasing Portland standout
forward Mike Moser.

"Definitely," Memory said. "That's one of the conversations that we actually had. He actually listed Louisville as a school that he was highly interested in after all this went down. I believe coach Pitino the assistant saw that information and contacted (Moser). They hadn't recruited him early on so now they see an opportunity to get back involved with him."

Louisville has four recruits ready to ink national letter of intent next month: Seattle point guard Peyton Siva, Miami power forward Rakeem Buckles, Indianapolis forward Stephen Van Treese and New England shooting guard Mike Marra. Moser could fit in nicely at small forward.

"The talk was Terrence Williams would be leaving at the time he's coming in which will obviously open up a lot of minutes and give Mike the opportunity to step in and play a lot his freshman year," said Memory.

Memory said he believes Louisville has offered Moser a scholarship. So which programs have moved the hardest since Moser's de-commit from Arizona?

"UCLA, USC, Oregon and Louisville," said Memory. "UCLA and Oregon were here yesterday (Tuesday). And USC will be here today (Wednesday). All three of those schools have (offered)."

Memory said he wouldn't rule out an early decision from Moser, but with the November signing period less than two weeks away the AAU coach has advised the player to consider his options and wait until next spring to sign a letter of intent.

What stands out about Louisville?

"Playing time and (Pitino's) ability to develop players and move them on to the NBA with Coach Pitino's expertise and length of involvement in the game and basketball at all levels," Memory said. "He's also got another buddy who will be down there next year – Peyton Siva. So I think all those (things) could play a factor."

Moser, Scout.com's No. 11 rated small forward in his class, averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists as a junior.

"He's open right now to any and every option if it's most beneficial for him. He's just keeping things open and seeing what happens," Memory said.

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